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Thoughts on making recycling weekly and rubbish fortnightly

By Benjamin Rose 1 April 2015 23

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I was thinking about the recycling bin at my house and how it gets filled up about five to seven days before the fortnightly recycling pickup and thought about that swapping weekly rubbish collection to fortnightly and making recycling pickup weekly would be overall better for everyone and increase how much is recycled with recyclables not going to landfill.

Everyone in my house recycles and we find ourselves filling up the rubbish bin when the recycling bin overflows. I suspect that the overflow-to-rubbish happens everywhere in the ACT.

The only downsides I can think of would be potential issues with odor from a rubbish bin that is only emptied fortnightly and overfilled rubbish bins which are not as nice to cleanup after they tip over and the contents go everywhere.

I’m somewhat aware of a process where an additional bins can be assigned to a residence however I think that doing the swap would be far better in the long run for all concerned.

What are everyone’s views? Is it a mad idea that has been tried before in Canberra and failed?

What’s Your opinion?


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dungfungus 6:04 pm 06 Apr 15

Maya123 said :

Innovation said :

Fortnightly rubbish pickup would be a health hazard and stink.

Only with careless, lazy housekeeping. My bin rarely smells, even if I don’t put it out for several weeks, which is quite usual. This is not difficult. It only takes a change of attitude. Perhaps less rubbish collection would lead to this.

I am sure you have the best managed garbage bin in Canberra but don’t be surprised if the government mandates fortnightly garbage collections soon.
This may be the only way they can control the amount going into the Mugga Lane landfill to avert another crisis like they had in the past 6 months.
It would appear that they have underestimated the capacity for other Canberrans to generate rubbish.

Maya123 2:57 pm 05 Apr 15

Innovation said :

Fortnightly rubbish pickup would be a health hazard and stink.

Only with careless, lazy housekeeping. My bin rarely smells, even if I don’t put it out for several weeks, which is quite usual. This is not difficult. It only takes a change of attitude. Perhaps less rubbish collection would lead to this.

Innovation 9:05 pm 04 Apr 15

Fortnightly rubbish pickup would be a health hazard and stink. Smaller bins might be viable for some smaller or efficient households but not everyone. More central or communal rubbish collection points might speed up collection but not everyone would be able to get their rubbish to them.

At just over $50pa, a second recycling bin is pretty good value. Compacting recycling works for most but, from experience, it increases the weight it might slip out of the truck’s grasp. (While the garbo and I were cleaning up the spilled contents our bin he told me that, if possible, rather than over compacting their preference is that owners refill their bin and use both sides of the street for a double collection).

The big problem is how many householders are using the space in their green bins for things that they can’t get rid of any other way? I appreciate that there are commercial providers for a commercial cost, but I do wish that we had the same services as other states such as green waste removal, monthly council kerbside pickups etc. There might be less dumping at charity bins, hoarding in homes and better reuse of old goods and materials that are otherwise cut up and thrown in the rubbish bin. Not everyone has a car or can afford to pay to dispose of rubbish.

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