Aussie sparks 'jealousy' with surprising bin night revelation: 'Game changer'

Matt Carroll has revealed something about his weekly bin collection which has shocked fellow Australians and raised an important question.

Matt Carroll in his car (left) and his three rubbish bins on street (right).
Buyers agent and Camden resident Matt Carroll has praised his council for collecting all three bins every single week. Source: TikTok/mattcarrollempower

An Aussie man has been praised for questioning why councils don't empty all household rubbish bins every week. He said his council collects rubbish from all three bins every bin night, so he doesn't ever have to face the common suburban conundrum of figuring out which bins to put out.

Matt Carroll is a buyers agent from Camden, in Sydney’s southwest, and said the best thing about living in the area is its weekly collection, branding it a “game changer”.

“All three bins get emptied every single week,” he said in a video online while standing next to his empty red, green and yellow bins.

“I don’t have to check a calendar to try to remember, ‘Is it green bin night’, Is it yellow bin night? All three. Every week. That’s why you want to live in the Camden region.”

While Camden Council operates its waste collection services five days a week and empties red garbage bins, yellow recycling bins and green waste bins weekly, residents elsewhere in the state aren’t so lucky and have to put up with their rubbish for weeks at a time.

But according to Local Government NSW (LGNSW), it's beyond the state government’s control.

“Essentially, it’s up to each council to decide the type and frequency of waste collections in consultation with the community,” LGNSW President, Cr Darriea Turley, told Yahoo News Australia.

“There is a requirement that every council provides a waste collection service of some kind, but there’s no stipulation on frequency, size of bin, or even type of bin – that’s all up to each council.”

She added that many factors come into play when it comes to rubbish collections, and each council has to address the unique needs of their communities.

“All councils should look to introduce a service that best meets the community needs at the right price the community is willing to pay,” Cr Turley said.

Three wheelie bins on a grassy kerb (left) and a man empties recycling into a wheelie bin (right).
Councils are obligated to provide a garbage disposal service for residents but there are no specific rules on how often bins need to be emptied - that's up to the individual councils. Source: Getty

A service would have to consider NSW waste and resource recovery targets, including the upcoming mandate for all households to have a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection by 2030, as well as the size and types of bins, costs of the service, and frequency of collection depending on community preferences and needs.

For example, with the introduction of food to green-lid bins, many councils have changed collection cycles so that the green-lid bin is collected weekly to reduce odour, while the red-lid bin is collected fortnightly as it should have largely inert material.

While Cr Turley commended Carroll “for his enthusiasm and his praise of his local council,” she argued that “all 128 councils across the state are working extremely hard for their communities”.

A truck collecting rubbish.
Local Government NSW President Cr Darriea Turley said 'it’s up to each council to decide the type and frequency of waste collections'. Source: Camden Council

Carroll’s TikTok video, which has since been viewed more than 25,500 times, sparked plenty of comments from “jealous” residents outside of Camden, frustrated that they aren't offered the same weekly service.

“It should be like this everywhere with the amount we pay for rates,” one person argued. “All councils should be like that!!!” another agreed.

“Bayside Council — no green bin provided and yellow collected fortnightly,” another said. “So jealous, Campbelltown don’t do that,” someone else added.

While others said they had to search for alternatives due to their less frequent collection. “This is why we take our rubbish to my mother-in-law's if our bins are full,” one woman wrote online.

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