Why Are So Many Aussies Raiding Their Neighbours Bins?
If you've left your yellow recycling bin out on the curb only to discover the next day that the contents have been scattered all over the street then you are not alone.
People are reporting an increase in so-called 'Bin Bandits' who are literally cashing in on your rubbish.
Since the introduction of "Return and Earn" to NSW in 2017 encouraging us to take our old cans, bottles and plastic bottles to one of 500 stations across the state, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of people scouring our bins to take advantage of the financial rewards.
Drink containers make up 44% of the volume of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage.
Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the Premier's goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40% by 2020.
You get a voucher you can exchange for goods or cash, or set up a pay pal account.
Northern Beaches Council recently clarified anyone going through other people's bins and taking recyclables may be charged with theft.
The warning was issued after local residents complained on social media of being woken at night by people dragging bags of bottles and cans down the street.
The council has said that collecting bottles from bins fell under common law and was considered theft from the homeowner if the bin is on private property and theft from the council if the bin is on the kerb.
Every eligible container earns a 10-cent rebate as part of the NSW Government's return and earn scheme.