Getting rid of old TVs

Seems like half of Melbourne has got a new flat screen TV or computer monitor, judging from the number of CRTs left around the streets.

In my view, you shouldn’t just dump them on the nature strip.

Televisions on the nature strip

Assuming it’s working, ask around to see if a charity somewhere wants it. Or list it on Freecycle so someone who wants one can come and get it.

If as a last resort it goes onto the nature strip (and of course you should attach the remote and any other accessories to it in a bag), and nobody’s taken it within a few days, don’t just leave it to get rain-damaged and litter up the street. Get it taken away — in a lot of council areas (including here in Glen Eira), you can request hard rubbish collection on-demand, for free.

Rubbish goes user-pays

I didn’t spot this myself, but apparently Glen Eira is revising its bin charges: 120 litre bin charges are dropping from $138.40 to $120, and 240 litre bins are going up from $151.20 to $240.


I switched to a small bin a couple of years ago when I realised my big bin rarely had more than a fraction of its capacity filled. I think I must have been a tad annoyed to find I was only saving $13 a year. Even now, the 120 litre bin is usually less than 20% full each week.

A huge amount of stuff can now go into the recycling (since 2006 they’ve taken codes 1 to 7). The 240 litre recycling bin only gets emptied every second week, and mine is usually full, or close to it.

I know some big families probably do fill a big bin every week, but really, people do need to be thinking about the waste they generate, particularly the waste that’s headed for landfill. I hope this encourages more people to switch to the smaller bins, and in turn to look carefully at what they can recycle and put into compost.

Besides, why should my meagre landfill requirements cross-subsidise those who chuck heaps of stuff away?

Update: Graphic of council advert added.