There is a reason why the rest of Australia looks askance at Canberra as they ponder the mystery of the public service.  Where do we begin?  The fact that someone did productivity modelling on emptying bins or a ‘under desk bin’ is considered a luxury?

It looks like the Tax Office has copped it again, with the Fairfax press reporting that ‘an internal email titled ”under desk bins” was circulated to ATO staff earlier this month. ”From 30 June 2014, all under desk bins will be removed from your workstation,” employees were instructed. ”Bins will also be removed from meeting rooms and executive offices … In the absence of your personal bin, you will need to use the bins in the kitchen to dispose of your rubbish.”

Staff were also told: ”Rather than placing your banana peel in your under-desk bin out of convenience, you will now need to walk to the kitchen and place it into the organic waste bin.”

To help the employees interpret the email instructions, cartoon graphics were printed beside the text. They depict a man putting rubbish in a bin, with a large cross, similar to a no-smoking sign, printed over the top. Below the man is an image of Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch standing in a garbage bin.

The ATO managers let it be known they had undertaken detailed productivity modelling on the new rubbish bin policy.

”The efficiency gain [of removing desk bins] is 1.5 hours of night cleaning per floor,” the email stated. ”This will allow our cleaners to focus on other areas, including dusting and vacuuming.”

I would love to get my hands on that email replete with graphics.  But is raises a couple of questions a) what have the cleaners actually been doing if it has been found necessary to cease emptying ‘under the desk’ bin so they can have time to vacuum?  b)since when has the ATO had a side-line in ‘organic composting’?

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tax-office-cuts-leave-a-group-of-hasbins-20140628-3b0jq.html

Image: http://oscarthegrouch.wikia.com/wiki/I_Love_Trash