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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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HiddenDragon 6:27 pm 06 Jan 14

Perhaps there should also be a discreet little black (you know, like the helicopters) bin for classified documents accidentally removed from the workplace – that would make it so much easier and nicer for the spooks who have to look into such acts of inadvertence……

poetix 5:20 pm 06 Jan 14

DUG said :

Deref said :

goosepig said :

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!

We’re a three-person household and we hardly ever get close to filling up our recycling bin – and we’re religious recyclers. And I order a lot of stuff online.

I’m genuinely puzzled as to how two people could generate so much.

Your %u201Cgenuinely puzzled%u201D? really? Everyone has different lifestyles!
I don%u2019t go through much garbage, my main bin is rarely half full each week but my recycling is usually full each fortnight. The why is easy;

I have a life! All it takes is a few mates coming over once or twice a week which will end with enough pizza boxes, beer bottles and cardboard to fill an empty bin. Add the packaging from car parts and household improvements and I can barely fit the kitchen recycling in.

I guess if I was either a complete recluse and ate rabbit food or a yuppie and ate out every night then the bin would always be empty.

Yes, unless one eats takeaway pizza one does not have a life. It’s olives or nolives.

DUG 1:50 pm 06 Jan 14

Deref said :

goosepig said :

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!

We’re a three-person household and we hardly ever get close to filling up our recycling bin – and we’re religious recyclers. And I order a lot of stuff online.

I’m genuinely puzzled as to how two people could generate so much.

Your “genuinely puzzled”? really? Everyone has different lifestyles!
I don’t go through much garbage, my main bin is rarely half full each week but my recycling is usually full each fortnight. The why is easy;

I have a life! All it takes is a few mates coming over once or twice a week which will end with enough pizza boxes, beer bottles and cardboard to fill an empty bin. Add the packaging from car parts and household improvements and I can barely fit the kitchen recycling in.

I guess if I was either a complete recluse and ate rabbit food or a yuppie and ate out every night then the bin would always be empty.

IrishPete 9:24 am 06 Jan 14

moneypenny2612 said :

IrishPete said :

yeah, but why aren’t Coke challenging the SA scheme now? Or would the bad PR not be worth it?

Probably because Coke (or any other bottle manufacturer/distributor) wouldn’t win the legal argument.

The legal argument in the NT case was not about whether the CDS unconstitutionally inhibits free interstate trade, but whether the NT CDS Act was consistent with federal mutual recognition legislation; it wasn’t.

Unlike the NT law, the federal mutual recognition legislation has preserved the SA CDS law so Coke can’t simply re-run their NT case there.

That said Coke could try lobbying the feds to change the mutual recognition legislation to that the SA CDS law is not preserved anymore. Apparently the feds no longer like green tape or the environment…

Incidentally during the last federal parliament a Greens bill that proposed a national CDS was voted down. Only the Greens and Senator Xenophon supported it.

Thanks for the explanation. I guess it is analogous legal action that people are scared of happening with free trade agreements too.

There seems to be growing support at local government (Councils) and even some State Governments, so perhaps it can done without the feds.

Similarly some councils are talking about their own plastic bag bans. Probably easier to introduce than a CDS, given the CDS needs infrastructure.

Of course of the three levels of government, local governments are the most direct beneficiaries of rubbish-reduction schemes. So they are the most motivated, though they are the least able to introduce a scheme. The ACT could try to introduce a CDS, it would just have to have some way of distinguishing containers bought in the ACT from those bought in NSW or the scheme would soon be bankrupted. (of course coke would challenge it, but a legal challenge in Canberra would attract a lot more attention than one in Darwin.)

I also wonder if Coke and co. could be bypassed by Government introducing their own, but I suppose the rebate would have to be set close to the value of the materials and the amount saved (from landfill and collecting recycling bins) which would probably be a bit less than SA has.

IP

moneypenny2612 3:27 pm 05 Jan 14

IrishPete said :

yeah, but why aren’t Coke challenging the SA scheme now? Or would the bad PR not be worth it?

Probably because Coke (or any other bottle manufacturer/distributor) wouldn’t win the legal argument.

The legal argument in the NT case was not about whether the CDS unconstitutionally inhibits free interstate trade, but whether the NT CDS Act was consistent with federal mutual recognition legislation; it wasn’t.

Unlike the NT law, the federal mutual recognition legislation has preserved the SA CDS law so Coke can’t simply re-run their NT case there.

That said Coke could try lobbying the feds to change the mutual recognition legislation to that the SA CDS law is not preserved anymore. Apparently the feds no longer like green tape or the environment…

Incidentally during the last federal parliament a Greens bill that proposed a national CDS was voted down. Only the Greens and Senator Xenophon supported it.

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