Bin night was last night, and out in the suburbs we have three wheelie bins still out on the kerb.
Here we see a small 120 litre bin for the weekly rubbish pickup, a double sized 240 litre bin for the fortnightly recycling rounds, and something new: a triple sized 360 litre bin for people who drink like fish and would otherwise run out of room to dump their empty stubbies.
Meanwhile in the inner city we see a gaggle of half sized 60 litre wheelie bins sitting on the footpath outside a bar. So what are they full of?
If you tried to push the wheelie bins over then you might get a clue, when you discover these bins are incredibly heavy – the contents are crushed glass.
Instead of having dozens of normal wheel bins filled with empty bottles, today many restaurants and bars have signed up with recycling companies that provide purpose built glass crushing units to install behind the bar. Allowing bar staff to dispose of empty bottles on the spot, the broken glass from the machine gets deposited directly into a mini wheelie bin at the bottom of the unit, reducing the number of times bins needs to be wheeled outside for collection.
- BottleCycler seems to be a leader in the field: they use SULO wheelie bins, and ship the glass the collect to Visy for recycling.