Cole Braxton feels council's taking the wrong approach and finds it incredibly frustrating.
"The council has suddenly moved the goal posts, but they haven’t moved them a little bit, they’ve moved them into another field somewhere."
He believes Christchurch residents are being hard done by.
Residents are trying to recycle properly but, one bottle cap and they find themselves on the naughty list.
Another problem is people putting contraband items in other bins on the street.
Tracey Sharp has been forced to take photos of her bin before she puts it out to prove she is recycling properly.
Sharp feels it’s unfair to be penalised for someone else’s rubbish and Burwood community board member Linda Stewart agrees.
"It’s not fair...the only way you’re going to fix that is to lock your bin and that’s not practical."
Sharp says the council only surface checks the bins, and they need to start thoroughly going through them.