Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rubbish Collection

Daniel reckons that since he makes an effort to recycle his rubbish and only puts out a tiny amount of general rubbish, that it is unfair he pays the same as someone who recycles nothing and puts out huge amounts of general waste out for collection. I am inclined to agree.

From my observations people in our building are quite good with recycling. Our building has an excellent setup to make it easy for people. The two residential building next door perhaps aren't quite as good as us as their owners corporation committees are not as active or pushy, but still, they put out plenty of recycling bins.

Council collect the usual recyclables and private organisations collect the rest at no charge to the building. City of Port Phillip will not collect our rubbish in a practical manner. They will not empty our large dumpster style bins and insist the rubbish goes out in normal wheelie bins. If the three building here did this, there would be about 150 bins lines up on the street for the council to empty. If it was up to me, I would call what I think is their bluff. So there we go. We pay for private rubbish collection. Per apartment, it is not very much and consequently no one presses the issue now.

But the residents of the ever so posh Finger Wharf in Sydney's Woolloomooloo (what is the use of a rhyme to remember spelling if you forget the rhyme. Sheep toilet, cow toilet was it?) along with residents at The Tower in the city, are in a similar situation and are acting up about it with a solicitors letter to council. I will follow this with interest. Victor, please keep an eye on the Wentworth Courier for me.


  1. I live in what I think is special accommodation in my block of flats. Even though the two bins (one is bottles/plastic, the other paper) are clearly labelled, my "special" neighbours seem to think that anything can go anywhere. Oh, and never mind about hard rubbish. Just leave it on the strip and don't bother with formalities.
    I once put up a notice (as a block in my area is entitled to 4 collections a year and there's 12 units, so why not be considerate?). Nobody else seems to bother.

  2. Victor, please keep an eye on the Wentworth Courier for me.

    I'm on the case (although neither Woolloomooloo nor the CBD is in my council area).

  3. Trying to think how you could get the message across Rob, without starting a neighbour war. The four collections work well for us because stuff is stored until there is collection arranged.

    Thanks Victor. You would be Waverley?

  4. I'm in Woollahra council which the Courier covers as well as Waverley.

    Woolloomooloo and the CBD are both in the Sydney council area.

  5. Was listening to an interview overnight with Pav on 774 with garbologists and the editor of a mag called Inside Waste.
    Scary that after 50 years you can retrieve a magazine or newspaper from a local tip and read it as if just printed, such is the length of time for items to break down in a tip.

  6. Victor, thinking about it later at work, a steam tram used to run along Ocean Street to the suburb Woollahra, so that would be your local council, and not Waverley. Obviously the city was always Sydney Council, but was the 'Loo the abolished South Sydney? It is not really south is it. Btw, we have nothing in Melbourne that comes close to the WW Courier.

    Jayne, imagine a glossy mag might last like that if tightly compressed. Newspaper too really. Great that they are now recycled to be used again. Mind you, just wait for the great recycling expose.

  7. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Sydney.

    Woolloomooloo is south only in that it is south of the harbour, otherwise as you suggest it wouldn't be regarded as a southern suburb.

  8. Ahh, but it's only households who recycle, not businesses in any shape or form unless they've spent their own $ in recycling the local councils, state Govts, etc, haven't pushed it to happen.

  9. Clear now Victor.

    Jayne, my workplace only makes a token effort.