Dumpster divers a ‘sign of the times’ as cost of living rises
A listener has sent in footage of a ‘dumpster diver’ on Sydney’s northern beaches.
A woman can be seen rummaging through a resident’s recycling bin and taking all the plastic bottles.
More people are making the most of the government’s Return and Earn scheme where you can trade in bottles for 10 cents.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority says “Residents concerned about bin fossicking can report incidents to their local council”. (See full statement below)
Australians are currently struggling with the rising cost of living.
NSW Environment Protection Authority spokesperson full statement:
“Tipping bins out onto public land is littering and that’s illegal. Incidents of strewn litter should be reported to your local council.
“Although scavenging of kerbside bins does occur in some areas, it is not widespread.
“Residents concerned about bin fossicking can report incidents to their local council, or contact Police if someone is trespassing onto private property.”