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.