Author: Chian Kee | Date: 21 November 2013 | Please Comment!

As a lawyer, I always read the fine print.*

This is partially by force of habit, because I’m usually the one reviewing the fine print, but also because people jam all sorts of confounding and confusing conditions in there.  I’m in the process of ordering a new, larger curbside bin from the council.  As any new parent will attest, this is essential because babies seem to be born with a supernatural ability to produce more than their weight in diaper-fillings each week.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I noticed that my local council includes the following in their terms and conditions for waste collection:


Now, I’m not normally an advocate for civil disobedience, but if the council thinks that I’m only going to throw cleaned disposable nappies in the bin, then the local tip’s discarded nappy inspector is in for a rude shock.

So sue me.


* That’s not true, I made an exception when the hospital asked me to sign some terms before admitting my wife when she was in labour.

2 Comments in the fine print. Add yours!

  • Crazy Dog Lady 10:14 am on November 29th, 2013

    I think you can just class the poop as part of the “moist refuse” from dot point 2 – you are just co-mingling your waste types – no law against that!

  • Chian 2:54 pm on November 29th, 2013

    Actually, I was going to argue that you’re only prohibited from throwing away cleaned nappies that aren’t wrapped to prevent their escape – it doesn’t prohibit throwing away dirty nappies at all.