Rubbish. Lets fix it.

Want to fix the ongoing problems we have with rubbish collection in Hosier Lane? It could be as simple as working together to engage a single waste management system for the whole neighborhood. Read more here.


4 thoughts on “Rubbish. Lets fix it.

  1. Peter Matthews says:

    The state of the Lanes is EVERYONES responsibility. Finding old boxes from the surrounding businesses is unforgivable.- there was even one labelled “Fine cut potato chips”! Thank goodness there have been no old fridges or washing machines lately! But if the Lanes are messy and look like dumps, of course, they will be similarly treated by SOME similarly irresponsible visitors.

    The Council now has a sweeper through the Lanes every day which is great – BUT we have to do our part too. And Andy Mac does a great job with the street art – but again we have to do our part.

    There is another meeting for residents and businesses about the Lanes on 28 September at 6 pm. LET US ALL BE THERE and move to solve major problems in OUR LANES!!

  2. Lorraine Wadelton says:

    My mother has lived in Flinders Lane for 14 years and is now 78 years old. I am not sure how she can arrange her own rubbish removal or management.

    I feel that the city of Melbourne sell of postcode 3000, places the onus of waste provision squarely back with council.

    I visited my mother on Thursday to find her kitchen full with 2 weeks of waste she didn’t know what to do with.

    Thanks council, well done. Great value for the rate payer.

    • HosierLane says:

      This is a terrible situation and one many of us are coping with at the moment. The new waste guidelines are going to create a real crisis in our laneway due the the fact that so many of us do not have anywhere to store bins off the street. Please make sure you take a couple of minutes to complete the survey this week. We need to make sure these issues are clearly and forcefully noted. Council wants to invest resources in this area …. We need to be sure it is done in areas that really will improve the area for US not just check a few policy boxes for them.

  3. A brief outline of ideas which come to mind relating to waste management within our Hosier Lane precinct.

    Short term solutions:
    Have the waste picked up every day by one contractor in a smaller collection unit – every day – twice a day if necessary.

    SULO MGB Australia has the ability to provide RFID insertion into manufactured MGBs, an innovation in waste management. RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, allows for an MGB to be automatically identified by means of radio waves, providing numerous benefits to councils and contractors. See

    Bins which aren’t being cleared every week is an indication that the contractors responsible are not doing their job. Grounds for re-allocation of services to a reliable and accountable service provider.

    Medium term solutions:
    Under road vacuum systems – an innovative re-think of waste collecting methods is the topic of Sulo MGB Australia’s John Kernahan to overcome issues in high density residential and public places. Go to for details on his thinking and research. Based upon my initial contact with John some considerable time ago, he would be very interested in discussing the solutions with anyone interested.
    Vacuum waste removal system.

    Long term solutions:
    Melbourne Theatre Company could (and in my humble opinion should) be redeveloped in a way which helps address not only waste management, but also local business and resident’s desire to improve the amenity in a way which reinforces this tourist attraction and valuable state resource.

    Imagine tourists entering a charismatic MTC retail outlet on Russell Street in which they can buy products designed and built within the MTC premises, often products made from recycled ‘waste’ collected at the Hosier Lane (I’m calling it an art and design transfer depot) side of the MTC. It would become an exciting opportunity for Melbourne to show the world how to manage these almost intractable problems created by diversification within high density historic precincts.

    Other strategies come to mind which put an onus on new building development. As the types of problems Hosier and Rutledge Lane experience are a consequence of limited capability to repurpose existing buildings – new building development offers an opportunity to develop an integrated and community spirited solution. In the case of the apartment building proposals such as that over Misty Bar, MCC planning could be taking onboard such opportunities to recommend planning solutions which encourage development in a way which is sustainable to the local community while adding value to the developers equations. A diversified smart solution which is physically bound by the plot, but entwined in network of social solutions. This may sound onerous, but to my mind property investment is all about location, location, location, so any new development which enhances the local amenity rather than drags it down must be seen as a good investment.

    In addition, unusable waste could become an asset to those city commuters with cars – bring your car into the city empty, drive out full of waste – drop the waste at the depot on the city fringe to avoid the congestion charge of $10 per journey. Simple – use all the empty space within the current transport stock to move stuff around. More to come on this.

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