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The Green and Yellow Bins. Time to swap collections?

By gasman - 22 October 2013 27

The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.

Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however is filled every week, and we struggle to fit everything in for the bi-weekly collection day.

I am moderately, but not religiously, aware of recyclable packaging when I shop and choose items that are recyclable whenever possible. We compost. We crush our milk cartons and cans, and nest our plastic trays. But our recycling bin is full to the brim and often more at the end of each 2 week period.

I propose that the collection gets swapped around, recycling every week, and the landfill every 2 weeks.

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
The Green and Yellow Bins. Time to swap collections?
pajs 4:25 pm 22 Oct 13

Another option (like what is happening in some Adelaide councils) would be to switch to a three bin system. The third bin would be for green waste and food waste, and be collected weekly to manage concerns about odour. If you then switched to a fortnightly collection of the residual waste to landfill bin, you could use those savings to partly defray the cost of the combined food/green waste service.

onlytt600 4:07 pm 22 Oct 13

Why not stop the whinge about recycling bins, and ask for “green waste” bins instead, though this may just end our rates through the roof….

Or why not stop the whine about “green waste” bins and compost it in your own garden., no extra pressure on the rates at all.

Reprobate 2:48 pm 22 Oct 13

Ewww, fortnightly rubbish collections – even if you only had one bag or two that would be rank in the heat. And if you forgot to put the bin out on the collection day then there would be stuff in there for nearly a month before it was cleared – gag!

A family of 5 including 3 teens is always going to put a strain on the fortnightly recycling collection which seems fine for most households. Canberra Connect advised me that you can get a second recycling bin for about $50 a year (about $1 week, cheap at twice the price!) which still gets collected fortnightly (so the trucks don’t have to deviate into your suburb from their bi-weekly routes).

Details here: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/recycling-waste/my_bins/new_bin

coffeeman 1:58 pm 22 Oct 13

another thought – maybe the Govt is trying to send people who are filling their recycling bins over full a message.

Consider the amount of foods you buy that are packaged vs the foods you buy that are not as an example. The packaged foods, particularly those that have large containers or boxes are the heavily processed foods (the word food taken lightly here). Perhaps this is a type of tax system on the processed food eaters?

Buy your food from the unpackaged end of the supermarket or better the fruit and veg store, your meat from the local butcher and remove the processed foods from your diet and you will see amazing things happen…

1. Both your bins will heave a sigh of relief
2. Your garden could have an enviable level of compost available to it should you choose
3. you will be healthier
4. you can stick one to the government by not paying GST on your food.

sorry – this will never catch on.

coffeeman 1:45 pm 22 Oct 13

or people could stop choking their recycling bin using 2 simple measures….

– boxes, before they had their contents they were flat, make them flat before you put them in
– plastic bottles – crush them – works particularly well with the milk variety

You will be surprised how much extra space you have. If you have really big boxes, take them to the local depot on your way somewhere – no need for a special trip.

Why not stop the whinge about recycling bins, and ask for “green waste” bins instead, though this may just end our rates through the roof.

taninaus 1:42 pm 22 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Unit complexes often have it worse off. In my area there are 10 townhouses to a complex. We are given 5 or 6 bins communally between us. Now we have families with young children (including a family of 5). Our recycling bins are filled before a week is up, leaving recycling spilling onto the ground, or in the ordinary trash.
We tried contacting the government about this, their reply was to pay for extra bins as the law only specifies 0.5 recycling bins per townhouse (apparently).

The government is pushing recycling and reductions in landfill but aren’t willing to meet residents halfway….

Yes we have the same issue in our complex – except that all the outside (road facing) units got an individual bin and those of us inside the complex had to put up with 2 bins between 7 of us. we got no love from the ACT Government so have had to fork out extra $$ to get 2 more bins supplied which seems to suffice for now (luckily we have small houses so no big families and associated volume of rubbish).

given the Gov policy of coverting us all to recycling rather than general waste, I should think that it is sensible to swap the 2 over – but summer might make this a health issue.

Rollersk8r 1:16 pm 22 Oct 13

Ditto. We often completely fill 2 recycling bins – and the rubbish bin is never more than half full… Obviously wouldn’t need to pay for the second recycling bin if they collected every week.

FioBla 1:08 pm 22 Oct 13

Elsewhere, this resulted in people discarding dirty diapers into recycling bins.

http://freakonomics.com/2013/05/20/how-dirty-diapers-end-up-in-the-recyling-bin/

Innovation 11:50 am 22 Oct 13

Nah. It would be a health issue to pick up the general rubbish bin once a fortnight only.

At about $60 per annum for a 2nd recycling bin that’s more reflective of a contribution than the true cost. If people didn’t have to pay for the 2nd bin and if it was freely available, many people would use it for excess general rubbish. Alternatively, if you have a car, you can always store your clean cardboard, which is probably most of the bulk, and dump it at one of the recycling centres each time you go past.

cross 11:41 am 22 Oct 13

Same story at our house,a lot of recycle material goes in the green bin when the yellow one is full after a couple of days.
Perhaps the recycle facility could not handle the extra capacity ?

magiccar9 11:29 am 22 Oct 13

Unit complexes often have it worse off. In my area there are 10 townhouses to a complex. We are given 5 or 6 bins communally between us. Now we have families with young children (including a family of 5). Our recycling bins are filled before a week is up, leaving recycling spilling onto the ground, or in the ordinary trash.
We tried contacting the government about this, their reply was to pay for extra bins as the law only specifies 0.5 recycling bins per townhouse (apparently).

The government is pushing recycling and reductions in landfill but aren’t willing to meet residents halfway….

wildturkeycanoe 11:02 am 22 Oct 13

Just filled the yellow one today, the green one is less than half full. Does that mean some driver’s will get paid extra whilst the others take a pay cut?

460cixy 9:41 am 22 Oct 13

I have the same problem there only so many tinnies you can fit in the recycle bin so sometimes one or two boxes of empty cans go in the green bin

Spiral 9:40 am 22 Oct 13

We have a similar problem. I’m not a big fan of having rubbish collected once a fortnight as it can get a bit smelly. I think people should pay extra for a second green bin (as the system currently does) but shouldn’t have to pay for a second recycling bin.

Stinger 9:21 am 22 Oct 13

I completely agree! I tweeted at TAMS once asking if this would be the case and the reply was to pay for a second recycling bin.
We only put two bags of rubbish into the non-recycle bin (granted, there are only two of us + two dogs), but we fill 1 1/2 recycling bins each fortnight.

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