Clear-eyed view on rubbish HOW TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE
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.
Karen Haseldine and her son Miles with one of the clear bins.