Wheelie bad trash habits land residents in sin bin

J.J. Richards and Sons domestic contracts manager Nathan Wintour shows how wheelie bins should be placed for collection. Residents say the problem is one they haven’t considered before.
J.J. Richards and Sons domestic contracts manager Nathan Wintour shows how wheelie bins should be placed for collection. Residents say the problem is one they haven’t considered before. MIKE RICHARDS

WE'RE rubbish at taking out the trash. In fact, our garbage habits are so bad we've ended up in the Gladstone Regional Council sin bin.

Even Mayor Gail Sellers has started talking trash.

And it's all to do with how the region's residents waste time by putting out wheelie bins the wrong way.

Cr Sellers has used social media to deliver a list of wheelie bin placement don'ts.

These include Don't place under low trees, near letterboxes, signs, power poles, fences and cars.

And with 36,078 bins from Raglan to Rosedale and out to the Boyne Valley collected by 10 trucks each week, it's vital we follow the litter of the law.

J.J. Richards and Sons' domestic contract manager Nathan Wintour said it was hard to quantify how many bins were incorrectly placed each day.

"Each driver services between 1200 to 1400 bins a day and on average it is around 20 bins we have to move," he said.

"If you have to service a block of units and there are cars parked on the street, the garbo will have to move up to 30 bins, empty them and put them back."

J.J. Richards branch manager Lockie McGaw said if all the bins on a run were correctly placed it could cut the load down by an hour.

"If the first few streets are cul de sacs and the garbo has to relocate the bins to service them it is hard to get the day back on track," he said.

"We know people aren't intentionally doing it, it's just something they don't think about."

Garbo Kirsty Fraser said badly kerbed bins could lead to a bad day.

"If they bins are too close together the arm will knock them over and we have to get out to pick them back up," she said.

"Or if they are on the driveway, instead of on the grass, when you put the bin down it can roll down the driveway and under the truck."

Resident Callum Stein said he had never considered how he put his wheelie bin out.

"I just stick it on the side of the street - I don't think about it," he said. "I wouldn't know if I have been doing it properly or not."

Gladstone's Gary Singh said people should know how to put bins out properly.

"It's a big deal because people are making a tough job even tougher," he said.

"The garbos do a really good job around here."

Cr Rick Hansen said it was about drivers of waste collection vehicles maintaining the momentum on the number of bins collected per hour.

"Essentially, it was about promoting efficiency and safety in provision of the waste and recycling collection service," he said.

"By residents placing bins in suitable locations ensures vehicles are in and out of areas as quickly as possible."



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