Clear-eyed view on rub­bish HOW TO RE­DUCE YOUR WASTE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

COULD see-through rub­bish and re­cy­cling bins be what it takes to make peo­ple take re­spon­si­bil­ity for just how much they throw away?

Clear rub­bish bins will re­place tra­di­tional green bins in some streets dur­ing the next eight weeks to draw at­ten­tion to a new cam­paign to help peo­ple re­duce their rub­bish and re­cy­cling loads.

“The idea be­hind the clear bins is so peo­ple can’t ig­nore what is go­ing in their bin,” Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gun­ther Hoppe said.

“They can see how full their neigh­bour’s bin is and start a con­ver­sa­tion about how they re­duce their waste.”

■ Line your house­hold rub­bish bin with news­pa­per in­stead of buy­ing plas­tic bin bags.

■ Buy what you need and will use to avoid waste

■ Buy loose in­stead of pack­aged

■ Avoid plas­tic con­tain­ers

■ Re­use glass jars as vases or can­dle hold­ers

■ Check your coun­cil's web­site for more about what can be reused or re­cy­cled

As part of the cam­paign, 20 seethrough bins will be ro­tated on high traf­fic streets dur­ing the next eight weeks. There is no plan for clear bins to per­ma­nently re­place tra­di­tional green rub­bish and re­cy­cling bins.

Cam­paign creators ac­knowl­edged the ‘gim­mick’ was con­tro­ver­sial but wanted to jolt a

re­al­i­sa­tion that re­duc­ing rub­bish and re­cy­cling was not just a prob­lem for the lo­cal coun­cil – it was every­one’s prob­lem.

“We want peo­ple to look at how they can­not gen­er­ate the waste in the first place or re­use or re­pur­pose the ma­te­ri­als they are re­cy­cling,” Mr Hoppe said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d481548

Karen Hasel­dine and her son Miles with one of the clear bins.

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