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A council in Australia has proposed that see-through recycling bins be rolled out as part of a plan to shame residents into recycling properly. Adelaide council said as well as shaming people into doing the right thing, transparent bins will make it easier for people to fish out bottles and cans that they can take back to deposit return facilities.
Transparent bins are already being successfully used by seven councils in Perth and Adelaide wants to follow in their footsteps.
A local councillor said that if the council is to encourage behaviour change, this is the way to do it. He added that Adelaide has a reputation for being a clean, green city and that the council wants it to stay that way.
Last year, Mindarie Regional Council in Perth rolled out transparent bins as part of a campaign dubbed "Face-Your-Waste" which aimed to encourage people to reduce their overall waste. It came about after the news that a landfill site in the Perth area is predicted to be full by 2028. The site serves seven councils and once it’s full, it will leave thousands of tonnes of waste with nowhere to be dumped.
A man in Hull who damaged his car by reversing into his own wheelie bins has demanded that the council pay for the damage. The man reversed his Range Rover into his three wheelie bins and said that they had been ‘dumped’ in the driveway by the council rather than being returned to their original spot. He said that the binmen’s laziness has caused almost £380 of damage to his car because his bumper is cracked and the paintwork is damaged. According to the man, the council are denying any responsibility. Despite his complaints, the council have so far refused to pay and have declined to comment on the case.
Thousands of people gathered along the Beach Lawns in Weston-Super-Mare to watch 26 teams compete in races against the clock as part of the National Refuse Championships. Competitors had to load wheelie bins with bags of sand then push or pull them to a refuse truck to be emptied before the vehicles raced to the finish line. Grist Environmental, last year’s winners took the crown again, and Biffa came a close second. Grist’s team captain said that it was a great day and that there was fantastic sportsmanship between the teams. All of the money raised from the event will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Society.