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Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By johnboy - 3 January 2014 46

wheely bins

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.

My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.

Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.

My initial reaction was, as the environmentalists would like, to question our patterns of consumption and look to trim our lifestyles to something that was, if not sustainable, able to fit in the normal two bins considering it was just for two people.

Goosepig is made of more direct stuff and she was off to the TAMS website to order a second recycling wheely bin.

This morning when I trudged out to bring the bins in it was like a Christmas Miracle.

There was a shiny new recycling bin next to the old one. It had New Bin Smell!

For a $28.50 a year we don’t need to adjust our lifestyles at all!

By way of comparison Goosepig’s old apartment block had four recycling bins servicing eight apartments twelve apartments, some of them with families.

Just the two of us now have 50% of that capacity!

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

What’s Your opinion?


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46 Responses to
Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!
m_ratt 4:17 pm 03 Jan 14

random said :

m_ratt said :

with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

“Second”? There are also recycling centres in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong.

I meant second within such close proximity to my location.

PoQ said :

When you say ‘plastic bag’, I understood that the plastic shopping bags – such as you pay a small fee for at the supermarket – were recyclable. Is this not the case?

Nope. They’re reusable, due to their greater sturdiness, however not recyclable in household recycling.
Source: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/recycling-waste/recycling_and_waste_disposal/a-z_waste_and_recycling_guide/p-q#Plasticbags

They may be recycled by retailers (Coles and Woolies have recycling bins for them at most stores).

Soft plastics in general should not go in household recycling.

bugmenot 4:12 pm 03 Jan 14

we’re a two person household with about two packages of online shopping per month on average, sometimes four, no pets. We put out our non-recyclable bin once every fortnight, and our recycling bin once every month.

HiddenDragon 3:55 pm 03 Jan 14

goosepig said :

I was wrong. It is $28.50 every six months. Sorry.

Hopefully this thread won’t cause the price to be reviewed (upwards) – any such review should, of course, sensibly take account of the environmental costs of having people drive to tips or recycling centres if one bin is not adequate.

Queen_of_the_Bun 3:33 pm 03 Jan 14

bd84 said :

m_ratt said :

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

I’ll take that and raise you 10 bins for 30 townhouses. With the same idiotic problems.

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

We’ve got four big recycling hoppers and the same for landfill for 82 apartments, which would be plenty if eejits didn’t insist on chucking unwanted TVs and furniture (including mattresses and office chairs) into whichever bin is handiest…they must never have seen how a garbage truck works if they think large bulky items can be collected that way.

Off topic I know…

goosepig 3:25 pm 03 Jan 14

NoAddedMSG said :

Deref said :

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? 😉

And ordering everything online to generate an excess of cardboard boxes?

Buying much less online now due to that very reason!

NoAddedMSG 3:22 pm 03 Jan 14

Deref said :

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? 😉

And ordering everything online to generate an excess of cardboard boxes?

goosepig 3:20 pm 03 Jan 14

Partly, I think out consumption could certainly be trimmed down and I think moving to our new house and inherently buying things (that come with packaging) for the house hasn’t helped.
However, the primary reason I requested another bin is because I don’t want to put recyclable stuff in the landfill bin (which is rarely full come collection time).

PoQ 3:18 pm 03 Jan 14

When you say ‘plastic bag’, I understood that the plastic shopping bags – such as you pay a small fee for at the supermarket – were recyclable. Is this not the case?

goosepig 3:09 pm 03 Jan 14

I was wrong. It is $28.50 every six months. Sorry.

bd84 2:59 pm 03 Jan 14

m_ratt said :

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

I’ll take that and raise you 10 bins for 30 townhouses. With the same idiotic problems.

I fail to see why it costs anything to get an extra recycling bin, yet alone require the fee to be paid annually. It wouldn’t cost them any more to collect additional bins, just take another 20 seconds of their route.

Deref 2:21 pm 03 Jan 14

What are you doing to generate so much? Three six-packs per day? 😉

random 2:09 pm 03 Jan 14

m_ratt said :

with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

“Second”? There are also recycling centres in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong.

My house of two people routinely produces too much recycling for a single bin too. Didn’t realize it was possible to get a second bin, so thanks for the tip!

m_ratt 1:43 pm 03 Jan 14

We have 5 recycling wheelie bins between 12 townhouses. As you’d guess, they’re almost constantly full. We have a skip for rubbish, which usually ends up with the recycling overflow sadly.

I wonder how many people are aware of the recycling drop off centre just 2km away in Mitchell, with a second under construction (also) just 2km away in Gungahlin.

Then again, I don’t think they care, given the number of plastic bags of recycling in those wheelie bins – plastic bags are not recyclable and are contamination to co-mingled recycling.

goosepig 1:23 pm 03 Jan 14

My old apartment block was actually 12 apartments and the recycling bins were full only days after being emptied. It is pretty sad when you have to put recycling matter in the landfill bins if you don’t have a car to get you to a recycling centre.

caf 1:19 pm 03 Jan 14

$28.50 / year sounds like quite the bargain.

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