An angry resident has slammed her local council after she was issued with an infringement notice warning for leaving her wheelie bin out for too long.
She went outside to collect her bin only to find that the council had stuck a bright orange warning notice on the wheelie, collaring her for leaving the emptied bin out on the council-owned nature strip for longer than 24 hours after collection.
The woman, named only as Millie, complained to 3AW host Neil Mitchell about the council warning, labelling it as “petty”, she argued that people are getting away with committing more serious crimes, such as taking class A drugs, in her hometown of Richmond, Victoria.
She said: “Yesterday we got an infringement notice warning for our bin because it was on the nature strip for a couple of hours too long.
“We’re getting in trouble for these petty little things yet, we can walk to the supermarket, we can walk to the cafes, people can be shooting up in the street next to us and doing drug deals right next to us and they don’t get in trouble at all. Yet we’re getting in trouble for these petty little things.”
The bright orange warning was stuck on the lid of Millie’s bin by South Yarra Council as she had failed to take her wheelie bin in more than 24 hours after the bins were emptied.
Mitchell backed her argument, and said: “It’s a fair point though, people are shooting up in the streets and nobody nicks them and you’re getting in trouble for leaving your bin out.”
Earlier this year it was announced that residents in Queensland could be fined more than $2,500 for leaving their wheelie bins out for longer than is deemed “reasonably appropriate”. The new rules angered plenty of residents, however plenty of rate-payers also supported them, saying they’d be happy to see “lazy” neighbours prevented from leaving dirty, smelling bins on the footpath for weeks at a time.
The new law, dubbed Local Law Number 9, came into effect on July 1 in Mackay, Townsville, Rockhampton, Burdekin, Bundaberg, Gladstone and the Gold Coast. The new rules mean that local residents can be hit with a $2523 fine for leaving their bins outside on the kerb for more than 24 hours before or after rubbish collection day.
The Mackay Regional Council said back in March that they were in no hurry to enforce the fine, but are creating it among other legislation for waste management that is being forced due to expiring Queensland State legislation. It would significantly impact holiday-makers who leave their bins out and go away, or those who simply don’t bring the bins in.