Beware: Bin Brother is watching you!
GARBAGE bins across the Coffs Coast will soon be under surveillance in a bid to catch a small group of offenders.
For years theses offenders have managed to remain undetected, with authorities unable to collect enough evidence to act.
Coffs Coast Waste Services is getting tough on residents who are not using their green or yellow bins correctly, and from next week a new process of contamination control will begin.
All collection trucks now have cameras which allow drivers to detect contamination, with filming to begin from Monday.
"So wise up with your waste and put the right thing in the right bin," is the warning from Handybin Waste Services Project Officer Gerry McGilvray.
The 'three strikes and you're out' system means that if a green or yellow-lidded bin is found to be contaminated three times in a six-month period, the bin may be removed and a delivery cost of $50 will apply for its return.
Ms McGilvray said the new waste service was generally performing well, with around 1600 tonnes of organic waste being diverted from landfill per month since the start of the new green bin service in March.
"Most residents are using their green bins correctly, placing food waste, soiled paper and green waste in the bins to be composted at the Coffs Coast Waste Facility," Ms McGilvray said.
"There are, however, a small number of residents that are placing incorrect material in the bin. This contamination includes plastic bags, general garbage, plant pots, treated timber, recyclables such as glass and steel ... on occasion, nappies have even been found in bins.
"This contamination makes the job of staff sorting the community's waste at the waste facility very difficult and unpleasant and increases costs."
Ms McGilvray said the cameras would allow drivers to see material falling from the bin into the truck and identify those residents doing wrong.
"It's not about targeting people who put the wrong type of plastic in the recycling bin by mistake. It is to target deliberate offenders who are using the green bin to get rid of excess garbage," she said.
"When emptying the bins, the drivers will now be able to see if there is a large black plastic bag hidden at the bottom of the green bin.
"Warning letters will be sent to offending residents. If they continue to offend, their bin will be removed."
For further information check the Coffs Coast Waste Services website at www.coffscoastwaste.com.au or call the Coffs Coast Waste Services hotline on 1800 265 495.