Queensland family criticized after ordering two bins

Locals shut down a large family that produces a lot of trash for one year’s litter box each week after claiming they “deserved” an extra container.

The house in Townsville, Queensland, was quick to receive support after a member moved to a local community group arguing that “the board should give every house two red boxes”.

“Because let’s face it, how many people struggle each week to put trash in the trash?” The man wrote in his letter.

“Especially a bigger family! why not? We’re all taxpayers, so I think we deserve it.”

Townsville City Council issues 240 liters of waste and 240 liters to families from recycling bins, giving families the option to pay for additional bins.

While it was not clear how many family members occupied the house and claimed they needed another fund, there were a few people who supported their cause.

Of the more than 300 people who responded, most encouraged the family to think about how to reduce the amount of waste they produce before applying for another container.

One person wrote in a comment: “I think if you fill more than one container in a week, you are sure to make an effort to be more environmentally friendly and reduce your plastic consumption.”

“You need to try to recycle more and buy less plastic and other wasted stuff. We are very happy to leave some printable on what goes into each bin and tips on recycling and reducing waste in your mailbox if you wish,” another person said.

Others provided information on measures a household can take to reduce the amount of waste they need to put in their public wastebasket.

One wrote: “As a family of three adults, we have found that knowing how to recycle, compost and collect soft plastic has eliminated almost all household waste.”

They added that the red container came out for collection once a month with “a handful of items.”

“While I appreciate that different age groups may have different waste needs, there are strategies to reduce/eliminate waste for these as well,” they said.

Another person pointed out how expensive and damaging landfill can be, saying that “we all need to create fewer landfills and take back our waste better.”

They wrote, “You can compost or worm farm your kitchen scraps and garden waste at home, and with so much packaging waste in the yellow recycling bin, there should be very little rubbish going into the red bin.”

The huge cost of landfill

About 1,500 families in Townsville are currently participating in the Food Garden Organics (FOGO) container trial, which prevents organic matter from entering landfill.

The trial will run until October 2022, after which it may be taken on a permanent basis, as for 43 NSW councils and four suburbs in the ACT.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts report, the cost of disposing of waste to a compostable landfill is estimated to be between $42 and $102 per ton of waste in urban areas and between $41 and $101 per ton in rural areas.

A mum in Canberra shared with news.com.au last year how she avoided putting up a public trash can for collection for 40 weeks.

She revealed the subtle changes her family made that saved up to 5,600 liters of waste from leaving their home and dumping it in a landfill.

Originally Posted as Home Locked After Making a Bold Container Order

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