A suburban council has been criticized for their overzealous approach to weekly waste collection.
The city of Glen Eira Council in the south-east of Melbourne has been accused of being a bit creepy after choosing to add tags to some rubbish bins if locals have put rubbish in the wrong rubbish bins.
By going on Facebook, a man felt that the introduction of tags on the street trash cans was excessive and a violation of privacy.
Found this (marks) on all the trash cans in my street this morning. Are there others who think it’s a bit creepy? ‘ he wrote on a group page.
The signs appear on the City of Glen Eira municipality’s rubbish bins, reminding residents which ones to use
Some residents in the south-east of Melbourne found the rubbish bins (pictured) unnecessary and ‘scary’
‘Creepy and strange. It’s as if the rubbish bin has been crawling around our rubbish bins in the middle of the night, making sure we’re all good little girls and boys. ‘
Many residents agreed, noting that their waste had been carefully analyzed before being driven away in a truck.
Another local who weighed into the chat on social media wondered how much the municipality’s ‘taggers’ got paid.
‘If job is this and how do I get one? Imagine the money these people spend on doing this at all times of the night, ‘wrote one.
A small minority of people praised the council for being thorough.
“I think it’s a great initiative as we all need to be kept on our toes,” was a comment.
‘I’m not sure how creepy this is. They (the council) are trying to educate you on waste collection. It would be creepy if it was advertising for a café or something that has nothing to do with it, ”said another.
The City of Glen Eira Council responded to a request for comment through Director of Planning, Place and Sustainability Ron Torres.
“One of the ways we work with our community to reduce pollution in our yellow recycling bins and green food and garden waste bins is through a garbage inspection program,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.
‘We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to sort recycling, and we do not always get it right.
‘This program helps people learn what belongs in which trash can, and also provides positive reinforcement when households do a good job.’ ‘