The Sunshine Coast Council has supplied this photo from a camera aboard a garbage truck of the offending palm frond in Pat Burns' bin.
The Sunshine Coast Council has supplied this photo from a camera aboard a garbage truck of the offending palm frond in Pat Burns' bin.

‘What a load of rubbish’: calls for bin collection common sense

IT WAS palm fronds that cost Pat Burns her bin collection, her story has brought calls for common sense when it comes to rubbish day.

Borga, from Tanawha, commenting on the Daily's website, said there should be a level of flexibility with rules about emptying bins that are not properly closed.

"The service was paid for and everyone is due a fair warning especially when a palm frond is the issue and obviously not something dangerous," Borga said.

"There could easily be a sticker of warning left on the bin identifying the issue and that NEXT time the bin will not be emptied."

Others said they had left overfull bins out without any collection issues.

"What a load of rubbish ... my garbo must be one of the good ones," Bishop said.

"I have had empty material bolt rolls sticking out of my bin with bags of rubbish hooked on because there was no room left in the bin and he still took it."

But Deb Schoon said overfilled bins being emptied could leave rubbish strewn across neighbouring yards.

"(This) happened at my place today (Thursday)," she said.

"The neighbour's bin (was) spewing out rubbish so much so the lid would not close at all.

"It ended up all over my lawn and out the front of my house.

"Lids are there for a reason ... a rule is a rule for this reason."