Dear Editor, The city of Austin recently tried to sell recyclables and pay for the new blue bins with the profits. It was supposed to be a win-win. But after the recyclables market dropped out and after the city had already distributed the blue bins, our garbage collection rates went up (mine from $18 a month to $24 a month). This was said to be a “cost increase” but not attributed to the blue bins. I find it odd that as a very low-waste household, I will go sometimes three weeks without putting my garbage can out, but if I have just a sliver hanging out the top, they ding me for “over waste,” all the while charging me full price for the month in addition to that ding.