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#1 virtuallotus

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

So, the neighbour parks his car in front of our yard and it spans most of it (minus the driveway, and a tree). It's bin night. Can the garbo grab the bin over the car?

I tried looking at the council website, but no dice.

Not exactly sure what to do, as it seems they're not home. Don't particularly want to put the bins in the neighbours yard, either.



#2 snortle

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

I am in eastern suburbs VIC and my garbage man told me that they won't collect bins if there is a car blocking direct access to the bins.
Not sure if that's everywhere or just in our area.

I'd put them on the neighbours strip and ask the car owners not to park there on bin night if possible.

#3 daturah

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

Yes, the Garbo can still get the bin with a car parked on the street in front of it. That's how they do their job in inner city suburbs where often streets are jam-packed with parked vehicles.

They have a long extendable arm, and if the bin is very difficult to get to, generally the Garbo has a helper who gets out and drags the bin so it can be reached.

Sorry - ETA I am in Brisbane, and have never had a problem the Garbo collecting bins around parked cars.

Edited by daturah, 28 February 2013 - 04:02 PM.


#4 dae-gu

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

I tend to squash my bins in the gutter right next to my driveway. Still leaves room for a car to park on the street, but my bins won't be parked in front of like when i leave them on the grass strip.
FWIW, I have had a trucks arm dent my car years ago when it reached over to get a bin. They did pay for it to be repaired, but lucky I was home and saw and chased the truck down the street, lol.

#5 F1widow

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

I've lived in several suburbs of Sydney where there are two guys in the truck; one gets out and puts the bin in a good spot on the road, the other guy still in the truck pulls the thingy that picks up the bin. Repeat.

To make it easy for them you could just put the bin on the road behind the drivers side at the rear of the car.

#6 JRA

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

As has been said many houses only have areas with parked cars, as they don't have any driveways.


#7 caitiri

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

They just drive past the bins if a car is in front in my area.

#8 virtuallotus

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

I'll try and squish it. Annoying, because its double bin night.

#9 Missy Shelby

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

OP I had the exact same situation happening in front of my place.  One of my neighbours would park her car in from of my place every night.

I was quite worried that our bins wouldn't get collected so I started putting them on the curb in my driveway but this became a nightmare if I had to go out and the bins hadn't been collected yet, so I have resorted to putting my bins on the opposite side of the road.

This way I am 100% confident that my bins get collected and I asked the residents of this house if they would mind if I put my bins with theirs and they were fine about it.

#10 trishalishous

Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:04 AM

QUOTE (daturah @ 28/02/2013, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, the Garbo can still get the bin with a car parked on the street in front of it. That's how they do their job in inner city suburbs where often streets are jam-packed with parked vehicles.

They have a long extendable arm, and if the bin is very difficult to get to, generally the Garbo has a helper who gets out and drags the bin so it can be reached.

Sorry - ETA I am in Brisbane, and have never had a problem the Garbo collecting bins around parked cars.

same for us in inner city melbourne

#11 Pearson

Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

Just squeeze them in or on your neighbours verge.  Then leave a nice note on the windscreen, or go see them when they are home asking to please leave enough space for the bins on bin night - they might have forgotten it was bin night even!


#12 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

I also live in an area in which the streets are lined with parked cars. The garbage collectors come through and put all the bins out in the street, the truck collects them, then they are placed back by the collectors on the footpath.
I'm not sure that this happens in less built up areas though.

Why don't you take a peek one morning to see what happens in your street, so you know whether you need to address the issue or not?

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 05 March 2013 - 06:48 AM.


#13 Prissy Princess

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:00 AM

Different area's have different garbage trucks and most have only a driver.
I wouldn't like a bin to be retrieved over the top of my car once let alone on a regular basis so if you tell your neighbor that is what will happen they may remember bin night more often.  
I am  somewhat of an expert on garbage trucks as I have watched hundreds of hours of youtube clips on garbage trucks thanks to DS's obsession with them, the sad thing is I enjoyed a lot of them.

#14 jojonbeanie

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:05 AM

Put your bins in front of the apron going into your driveway. This would be helpful to the collectors and mean there is no chance of damage to any parked cars.

#15 mpjp

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:14 AM

QUOTE (snortle @ 28/02/2013, 05:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am in eastern suburbs VIC and my garbage man told me that they won't collect bins if there is a car blocking direct access to the bins.
Not sure if that's everywhere or just in our area.

I'd put them on the neighbours strip and ask the car owners not to park there on bin night if possible.


Inner city Melbourne here.... If that was the case we would be swimming in garbage!! Our gearbox get bins from the most unlikely places....there will be a doco made on hem one day!!!

#16 soontobegran

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

Outer Eastern Melbourne here and they can grab the bin over something parked in front of them but I'd still leave the neighbours a note saying you are worried their car might get damaged and ask them to park elsewhere on bin night.


#17 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:26 AM

Just to clarify, on our street, the collector moves the bins from the footpath to the road through the space between the cars, not over the cars! Despite it being a crowded street with very few driveways, there is always room between the cars.




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