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Melbourne garbage collectors caught on film emptying rubbish and recycling bins into the same truck

  • Rubbish collectors have been caught mixing general waste and recycling
  • Garbage crews were filmed mixing the waste in Melbourne’s inner-north
  • Management company Citywide launched an investigation into the footage
  • A Current Affair filmed the offences over several days in October

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Garbage collectors have been filmed dumping both general and recycling bins into the same rubbish truck in Melbourne[2].

In an investigation by A Current Affair[3], garbage trucks from Moreland City Council, in Melbourne’s inner-north, were caught on camera dumping rubbish and recycling into the same truck.

In the early hours of October 13 and 16, general waste garbage collectors were spotted pulling up to a line of bins around the area and dumping red, blue and yellow bin items together.

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Garbage collectors have been filmed dumping both general and recycling bins into the same rubbish truck in Melbourne

Garbage collectors have been filmed dumping both general and recycling bins into the same rubbish truck in Melbourne

The offences were filmed along busy main roads and in quiet suburban streets.

In one instance, a rubbish truck picked up a long line of general waste bins, which can include anything from food scraps to household items.

The truck then moved down the street and collected seven recycling bins, mixing them with general waste.

The footage has outraged many local residents who do the right thing and recycle their waste.

The footage has outraged many local residents who do the right thing and recycle their waste

The footage has outraged many local residents who do the right thing and recycle their waste

Duncan Reid, executive of operations for Citywide, said the footage was 'very disappointing'

Duncan Reid, executive of operations for Citywide, said the footage was ‘very disappointing’

A Current Affair contacted waste management company Citywide, who run the rubbish trucks in the area, for comment.

‘Do you direct your drivers to pick up recycling and pick up rubbish and dump it all in the same truck?’ reporter Alicia Muling asked.

‘No, I’m going to have to get you to talk to HR,’ a management officer said.

Duncan Reid, executive of operations for Citywide, said the footage was ‘very disappointing’.

Citywide has since launched an investigation into the offences and has suspended two employees

Citywide has since launched an investigation into the offences and has suspended two employees

‘The practice of mixing recyclables with general waste is just unacceptable,’ Mr Reid said.

‘It goes against company policy and this action was not a result of a directive by the company, and is not sanctioned by the company.’

The company has since launched an investigation into the offences and has suspended two employees.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Melbourne (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ A Current Affair (www.9now.com.au)



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