About a month ago the local council finally replaced our horrible grotty looking bottle and can recycle bags with nice new small bins. They came with a notice explaining what to put in them, and when to leave them out. Great – though most of our neighbours apparently haven’t got the energy to figure it out. ("What, you mean the bottles go in there?")

Anyway, last week another bin arrived, a wheely bin similar to our regular rubbish bins, but with a distinctive red lid, and a notice saying "recyclable material only". Cool, it must be a paper recycling bin! That’ll get around the problem of only monthly paper collections. (I mean… monthly? Who’s got the space to store a month’s worth of paper? It fills half the spare room! No wonder the paper recyclers want more paper!)

But no notice saying precisely which recyclable material the bin would eat was with it. An inquiry to the council revealed it was ANOTHER bottle and can bin! Oh, great! Two separate bins for bottles and cans, none for paper! Another example of government efficiency. Just what we need guys, well done.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.