Punchbowl in the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Sydney has a, somewhat, evocative name. Apparently, named after a pond on a farm in the area, or, after an inn, within the locale in the 1830s (I favour the latter, imagining a robust and ribald time of it in the inn). Originally, it was called Salt Pan Creek – pans and bowls abound, probably a good place to establish a factory making culinary vessels. Punchbowl hit its straps during the interwar period, with a railway station opening its doors and land being subdivided at Emerald Hills Estate and further west. Rubbish removal in Punchbowl continues to this day; and it a well-established residential area, offering homes to some twenty plus thousand people.
Rubbish Removal Issues in Punchbowl
Punchbowl has a large Lebanese population, and substantial numbers of Vietnamese, Chinese, English, Greek, Bengali, Arab, Pakistan and Indonesian people in the area. It is a culturally rich and diverse part of Sydney. There is some evidence for a correlation between high levels of migrants in an area and poor waste management practices. This is in no way a racial slur, but, rather, a realisation that many migrants from developing countries do not bring traditions associated with best practice in regard to recycling and waste management. There are rubbish removal issues in Punchbowl and many residents do not recycle at the same level as residents in other Sydney council locales.
Big Brother is Watching You Punchbowl
Sydney’s councils are auditing what their residents throw out and put in their waste collection bins. New wheelie bins are being equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID), and these can tell councils what their residents are putting in their bins. The Inner West council has joined Randwick and Ryde councils in tagging their bins with devices like the RFID. Whilst Canterbury Bankstown is yet to pull the trigger in this direction, they do have teams of mobile investigators out and about watching residents and businesses within the area. Rubbish removal in Punchbowl remains an issue, which is under investigation by authorities.
Putrescible Waste Problems
Sydney is facing serious putrescible waste problems and running out of landfill options. These types of waste are the biodegradable animal, plant and food matter, which could be dealt with at home in your garden or composite bin. People living in apartments can access community gardens and composite areas if they are serious about their waste management practices. In places like Punchbowl, it is the lack of awareness around waste management and recycling that is the biggest problem. More training available in multiple languages is required to meet the challenges in this area.