I raised the issue with Metro regarding why the rubbish bins were being removed from major stations around Melbourne. This is what they said:
In line with the recent increase to the general security alert, extra security measures have been implemented across the train network, including the removal of rubbish bins at some stations, such as North Melbourne and City loop stations.
This is a Victoria Police directive.
Using Clear Bins
The clear bins which have served the train network for 13 years in the CBD and City Loop stations following the 9/11 tragedy have been appropriate. However, the current security alert response issued by Victoria Police states very clearly that when the security alert is escalated to ‘high’, all bins are to be removed.
To address the litter issue which may arise as a result of the bins being removed, we have assigned extra cleaning staff to stations; however this does not absolve customers from littering, which remains a reportable offence under the Transport Act and Transport Regulations.
Our Authorised Officers Acting under the Transport Act and Transport Regulations, are authorised to issue a “Report of Non-Compliance” when a customer is observed to be committing an offence, including littering. Any customer reported risks receiving an Infringement Notice from the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI).
We will be implementing a new replacement bin system, which has passed thorough testing and is due to be reinstated at City stations in April 2015. In the interim, there is an expectation that our customers take any litter with them, disposing it at their destination station, where bins may not have been removed, using a council bin if leaving the station premises, or alternatively taking it home to dispose of. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you experience in the interim due to this security decision."I find it strange they have removed bins only to say they are putting them back.