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Melbourne council pawing through residents’ bins

  • City of Maribyrnong hired auditors to give recycling report cards to locals 
  • Residents in Maribyrnong lose marks for putting plastic in recycling
  • Misusing garbage bins costs Maribyrnong council about $400,000 a year 

A Melbourne council has been slammed for pawing through residents’ rubbish bins to see if they are recycling correctly.

The City of Maribyrnong, in Melbourne’s inner west, has hired auditors to hand out report cards to locals on garbage pickups, 9 News reported.

The notes read: ‘Oh no! We ask one small favour. Please do not put recyclable items in your garbage bin.’

  

The notes read: ‘Oh no! We ask one small favour. Please do not put recyclable items in your garbage bin’

A Melbourne council has been slammed for pawing through residents' rubbish bins to see if they are recycling correctly

A Melbourne council has been slammed for pawing through residents’ rubbish bins to see if they are recycling correctly

Residents lose marks for putting plastic in recycling, which costs the council almost $400,000 a year.

‘Residents (in Maribyrnong) are recycling at a much lower rate than the rest of Melbourne at about 33 percent,’ Deputy Mayor Sarah Carter said.

She said the initiative was nothing new to Melbourne councils and there are some local governments ‘who have cameras inside their bins.’

Matthew Lesh from the Institute of Public Affairs labelled the audit a ‘creepy invasion of privacy’.

‘The council should really stop looking through people’s bins,’ he told 9 News.

The program was introduced about five months ago and has target over 10,000 homes.

A number of suburbs around Melbourne monitor bins including the city of Melbourne, Moonee Valley City Council and Brimbank Council.

A number of suburbs around Melbourne monitor bins including the city of Melbourne, Moonee Valley City Council and Brimbank Council

A number of suburbs around Melbourne monitor bins including the city of Melbourne, Moonee Valley City Council and Brimbank Council

 



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