Bins at Bus Stops: Clean Melbourne Up

Bins at Bus Stops: Clean Melbourne Up

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Tom Vines started this petition to Darebin City council and

Here in Melbourne, we all like to pride ourselves as having one of the most (and, for a number of years, the most) liveable city in the world, don't we? Not only does our city have the practical side of things available (schooling, hospitals, etc.), but when you walk through it on a sunny day it looks beautiful, clean and green.

Is it really, though?
Litter is a serious problem in our towns and cities today. Rubbish is just dumped on the ground, damaging the environment around it. That doesn't seem very clean or green to me...

I live in Reservoir, Melbourne, and there's a bus stop outside my house. In the city and around the shops there are bins on the sidewalk for people to put their rubbish into, but in the residential areas of the suburbs, there are no public bins at bus stops. So, all too often, instead of holding on to their rubbish or walking up the road to the shops or park and putting the rubbish in the bin, people just drop it and let the wind take it where it will.

That "where" is usually in the front yards of people living nearby. Every few weeks, my front yard begins to noticeably fill with rubbish and needs to be cleaned out again. On September 15th, I picked up all the rubbish I could see in the front yard (excluding some tiny pieces of paper that would have taken forever to pick out of the grass). Twenty-three days later, on October the 8th, I went out into the front yard and filled a plastic bag with rubbish (mainly plastic packaging and small pieces of torn newspaper - and, surprisingly, a $10 note). It may not be an entire truckload of rubbish, but it's enough to at least cause a difference to our family, and I know of others in similar situations.

My friends and I have done some research and considered possible negatives to providing bins at bus stops. Interestingly, the most common reason is to prevent terrorism. This sounds a bit extreme, but the logic behind it is quite reasonable. There have been a number of cases of exploding devices being placed in bins, such as:
- Camden Town bombing, 27 February 1993: A bomb exploded in a litter bin outside a McDonald's restaurant in Camden Town, injuring 18 people (2 seriously).
-Harrods bombing, 28 January 1993: A bomb exploded in a litter bin outside Harrods, injuring four people and causing damage up to 30 feet (9.1 m) in front of the shop.

Although it is possible, terrorist attacks involving litter bins in the suburbs of Melbourne are extremely unlikely (considering that these occurrences were in London 25 years ago). Narrowing that down to bus stop bins, and taking into consideration that a bomb could be hidden and left somewhere far more easily in something like a backpack, we are sure that these bins would cause no increase in terrorism at all.

Another fair issue with placing bins at bus stops is that it costs money and would require constant management. Now while this seems like a fair statement, other public bins (such as those at parks) are managed well, so why shouldn't it be the same with bus stops?

We believe that placing some sort of litter bin at bus stops would be very easy to do, and would be worth the money. The main issue is making it happen.

So, we've created this petition. We realise that some will not think this is a real issue, as they've never experienced it themselves, but creating a petition at least spreads the word and gives others who feel the same way a chance to give their voice. We believe that big or little hardly matters, no problem should be left to grow. Only a few local governments are listed as targets here, but this is a message for everyone, everywhere.

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