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Can we talk about rubbish?

4 March 2021

Let’s be honest, rubbish is a major pain. Most people do the right thing. They put their rubbish in the right place, and sort it out into the correct coloured bins for paper, plastics and glass, and general waste. But some people aren’t doing the right thing. It can mean that people’s good efforts to recycle are wasted if the materials are contaminated. And it can be messy and smelly if the wrong things are going in the wrong places.

In the past, CWH and concerned residents have tried to encourage tenants and their household members to dispose of household waste appropriately. This has included:

  • Engaging residents to participate in a waste reduction committee.
  • Updating all communications in the bin rooms on how to dispose of waste correctly.
  • Numerous articles in the resident newsletter encouraging residents to dispose of their waste correctly.
  • Providing free educational programs through SSROC (Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils).
  • Increasing the allocation of bins.
  • Providing educational material on how to recycle and dispose of waste in bin rooms in other languages.

Unfortunately, a small number of residents are still not disposing rubbish in the bins provided! This is resulting in bad smells and in some cases an increase in rats. This could ultimately make people unwell and is also a trip hazard.

This is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue and so CWH is letting all residents know that we will again be using the CCTV cameras located around the building to identify people who do not dispose of household and other waste in the bins. We will then issue a formal letter requesting that they use the bins provided. If the behaviour carries on, we may decide to go to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking an order requiring that the tenant use the bins. Failure to follow an order given by the Tribunal may result in a tenant losing their home. We hope this action will never be necessary and everyone can do their bit to make their building a safe and pleasant place. Let’s all work together!

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