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Why this plain photo of a household bin sitting on a kerbside has shocked Australians

The remarkable story behind a photo of a battered rubbish bin placed on the pavement has stunned thousands of Australians.

The red-lidded bin, taped together, belongs to an Adelaide woman who took it out for collection on Monday, for the first time in 18 months.

Trudy Conroy, 56, took so long to get her bin out because that’s how long it took her to fill it.

The Red-Lidded Bin, Taped Together, Belongs To An Adelaide Woman Who Took It Out For Collection On Monday, For The First Time In 18 Months.

The red-lidded bin, taped together, belongs to an Adelaide woman who took it out for collection on Monday, for the first time in 18 months.

Trudy Conroy, 56, Treats The Container As A Last Resort.  'Every Time I Have Something I Think &Quot;Where Can This Go Besides The Red Container?&Quot;'

Trudy Conroy, 56, Treats The Container As A Last Resort.  'Every Time I Have Something I Think &Quot;Where Can This Go Besides The Red Container?&Quot;'

Trudy Conroy, 56, treats the container as a last resort. “Every time I have something, I think ‘where can this go besides the red bin?’

That’s right, it took Ms Conroy a year and a half to fill her standard 140-litre bin, while many Australians struggle to contain their rubbish in the same size bin every week.

Trudy Conroy’s top 3 tips for reducing waste

1- Do I have to throw it away? Would anyone else find it useful? There are ‘buy nothing’ Facebook pages and many things can be ‘relocated’. If it can’t be given away, look into recycling options.

2- The Ark of the Planet Recycling near you it’s an awesome resource!

Enter your zip code and what you want to recycle, it will give you options for recycling routes.

3- Consider using less packaging: Many green places now sell in bulk so you don’t end up with packaging.

“I’m proud of that,” Ms Conroy, a data analyst, told Daily Mail Australia.

“But next time I want to go for two years before I fill it out, I guess.”

Instead of tossing what most people consider trash in the trash, Conroy treats it as a last resort.

“Every time I have something, I think ‘where can this go besides the red bin?’

He bought a composter that accepts anything organic, including food scraps and paper.

She believes that most people overfill their bins just because they don’t know there are other options.

“Hell yeah, people are really surprised when they realize you can put most of your junk somewhere else.”

For her, that means recycling, composting, buying in bulk, donating, and finding places that accept used products like old printer cartridges or unwanted CDs.

She is a big fan of the Planet Ark website. Recycling near you.

‘If you enter your zip code and what you want to recycle, it will give you options for recycling routes.

“A lot of things you wouldn’t have thought could be recycled, like plastic cookie sheets, can go in the curbside recycling bin.”

Used kitty litter is a classic example.

“I was very happy when I found out that kitty litter can go in the green bin.

“Before I knew it, that would have been the main thing in my red bin.”

She has two cats, Max and Jake, who she admits don’t much care what she does with them.

Ms. Conroy Said She Was Happy To Learn That Her Cat'S Kitty Litter Can Go In The Green Bin, Though She Admits That Her Cats, Max And Jake (Pictured Above), Don'T Care Where It Goes.

Ms. Conroy Said She Was Happy To Learn That Her Cat'S Kitty Litter Can Go In The Green Bin, Though She Admits That Her Cats, Max And Jake (Pictured Above), Don'T Care Where It Goes.

Ms. Conroy said she was happy to learn that her cat’s kitty litter can go in the green bin, though she admits that her cats, Max and Jake (pictured above), don’t care where it goes.

However, Mrs. Conroy’s neighbors do care, especially since she dropped them off at the mailbox offering to pick up recyclables.

They include “batteries, pump sprays, plastic bread clips, toothpaste tubes, electric toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, and light globes.”

Helping her neighbors recycle helped her make friends on her street in Adelaide.

“A lady baked me some empanadas to thank me,” he said.

So if Mrs. Conroy can get rid of almost anything, what was in her bin at the end?

One of the main ingredients was waxy bags of microwave popcorn.

“I eat quite a bit of that,” he admitted.

Reluctantly, she put an old pillow in the bin, only after trying to give it away or even just the stuffing inside.

I have no interested. He was broken.

‘I thought this was going to take up a lot of space.

“There were also strange pieces of packaging, things I can’t recycle, like twisted ties.”

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