A Cherrybrook resident tried to fit a whole tree in a green waste bin recently, prompting Hornsby Council to remind residents how to dispose of their green waste responsibly.
"This resident gets points for at least trying to dispose of their green waste responsibly, but their methods leave a lot to be desired," a council spokesman said.
"Here are a few tips for placing items in your green waste bin, beginning with one that would seem obvious: it’s not big enough for an entire tree."
Other council tips:
■ Green waste needs to be placed in a council bin, with the Hornsby Shire logo at the front.
■ Bins should not weigh more than 70 kilograms, otherwise the truck simply won’t be able to lift it.
■ Branches should be no more than 75 millimetres in diameter and no longer than 1.2 metres. If they are too big they can jam the hopper mechanism on the truck.
■ The bin lid does not need to be closed fully, but it should at least be able to face down.
■ Drivers have the right to refuse any bin they feel will cause a mess or damage the truck, as well as bins that are not positioned appropriately for collection (for instance, too near a car or pole).
On Hornsby Council's Facebook page, people commented on the picture of the tree in the bin:
Wayne Carter said: "LOL! Green Waste 'Planking' perhaps?"
Sydney Art School said: "Or is this a photoart commentary on the challenges of life in the suburbs?"
Amanda Woods said: "Oh dear lol I must admit I found this amusing."
■ What do you think?