The city of Sydney can’t be bothered to get rid of its waste collection bins.
A waste recycling law that went into effect in March requires all city-owned property, including homes, businesses and public works facilities, to collect all waste into bins.
A city spokesman told Ars that it’s been in the works for years, and it’s “never been done before.”
“We can’t move the bins out of our waste management system because they’re not used.
The whole purpose of the waste collection is to help reduce the amount of rubbish that’s going into landfill,” the spokesman said.”
So if we’re able to get the bins back into our system, then it’s a win-win situation.
The city can use those bins to help the environment, but we can also use them to recycle more stuff.”
Sydney city council has since implemented a recycling levy that will take a fee of $100 from every person who uses their property.
That fee is used to help cover waste collection costs, including the cost of garbage pickup and disposal.
The levy was originally set at $150 per year, but was raised to $200 in April.
A city spokesman said the levy is only applied to a small portion of property owners.
They will be asked to sign a waiver stating that they’re recycling.
He said the council is working with the city’s recycling partners to ensure they’re “doing it right.”
A waste collection notice on the council website states that the city collects the collected garbage “for a maximum of two years,” but that the recycling levy will be used “for up to five years after collection.”
The city of Adelaide also collects waste through the citywide waste collection system, but its recycling levy was raised from $50 to $100 per year.
A spokesperson for the city said they would “be working with local waste collection partners to establish an equitable, sustainable and cost effective way to recycle,” but declined to comment on the specifics of how that might work.