Just weeks after new research revealed Australian wildlife was learning how to wreak havoc on bin day, a resident's clever trick to ensure your rubbish stays where its meant to be has garnered praise online.
Experts last month released new research that revealed cockatoos are able to learn bin-opening tactics from each other in order to get inside and reach your waste.
In a bid to stop the birds and other wildlife from getting inside the bin, one Sydney resident has been spotted deploying an unusual tactic.
"On my walk today whilst in lockdown I came across one of the smartest tricks I’ve seen in a while," a member of the Cleaning and Organising Inspiration Australia Facebook group wrote.
Pictured was a general waste bin lid with two full water bottles cable-tied to the handles.
The post received more than one thousand reactions, while scores more showed their appreciation in the comments section.
"Great idea, my rubbish ended up all over my neighbour's grass," one person said.
"That's awesome," another said.
Some say tactic will help deter other wildlife
Others suggested the tactic is useful for deterring other animals, including kangaroos and possums while some suggested it would prevent the lid lifting in windy weather.
Sydney's Bayside Council shared a similar photo last year promoting the innovative deterrent.
In response to those who suggested the tactic was restricting food for cockatoos, Dr John Martin, who works with Taronga Zoo’s Clever Cockie Project, told Yahoo News Australia anything found in bins was not essential for the birds.
"There are plenty of options [in terms of natural food sources]... so bin-scavenging is similar to being directly fed by people, it isn’t essential for the bird’s health but they benefit from an additional source of food."
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