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Changing the guard on garbage collection

By johnboy - 28 October 2013 12

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Mayor Rattenbury has announced the transition to SITA for Canberra’s garbage collections begins tomorrow:

Seven Canberra suburbs will have changes to their garbage and recycling collection days under a new residential collection contract which commences tomorrow, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“SITA takes over the regular collection of garbage and recycling bins from houses and apartments from Tuesday the 29th of October under a contract that runs for the next ten years,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“The vast majority of suburbs have no change in collection days but Harrison, Franklin, Isaacs, Garran, O’Malley, Phillip and Swinger Hill will each have new collection days. A new recycling and waste collection calendar, along with a special advisory notice to residents, has been delivered to households in these suburbs, as well as signage placed at each suburb entrance.

“Garran, Isaacs, O’Malley, Phillip and Swinger Hill will be collected on Tuesdays and Franklin and Harrison will be collected on Fridays.

“Under the new contract, SITA’s 33 collection vehicles will run on B20 (soy) alternate bio-diesel fuel and will comply with Euro 5 emission regulations.

“We have also worked with SITA to design colourful educational messages that will be displayed on the new recycling and waste collection trucks which show what can be recycled, the environmental benefits of recycling and reminders not to put recycling in plastic bags. The trucks will, in effect, be driving billboards which promote recycling and encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly and sustainably.”

Mr Rattenbury said that SITA is a reputable company with over 40 years of experience in waste management. They currently provide services to more than 56,000 commercial and industrial customers and more than 3.7 million residents each week across Australia.

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Changing the guard on garbage collection
p_stampy 10:57 am 31 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

MERC600 said :

Are they all new trucks ? Look very flash

They look new, but Cleanaway was rolling out Euro IV vehicles too which were quieter.

The big ironic thing is the Mayor sold these new trucks has having better emptying arms that would make sure bin lids close more often after being tipped. Well, new truck has done my street and almost all the bins have their lids open. Even watched the truck do a few, not seeing a better mechanism.

Do they have new drivers too?

The guy who just “emptied” my bin dropped a bag on the ground, eventually got a hold of the bin properly then drove a few metres before placing it back down & driving off. The bin lid was left open, but that’s the least of my worries.

Bin originally where the white bag was:

http://tinyurl.com/pu3ntbb

http://tinyurl.com/ojthgcf

Normal every day rubbish would be bad enough, but we have things like nappies in there!! ew!

frannjipani 10:05 pm 30 Oct 13

“Garran, Isaacs, O’Malley, Phillip and Swinger Hill will be collected on Tuesdays and Franklin and Harrison will be collected on Fridays.

Alas no… Tuesday, Wednesday have passed and still no recycling collection! How long do we leave our bins out, until we give up and wait for another fortnight? Have contacted SITA but still no collection…

melon1234 4:19 pm 30 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

MERC600 said :

The big ironic thing is the Mayor sold these new trucks has having better emptying arms that would make sure bin lids close more often after being tipped. Well, new truck has done my street and almost all the bins have their lids open. Even watched the truck do a few, not seeing a better mechanism.

interesting fact. aside from our bins being emptied a day late, and the recycling rocking up hours earlier than normal, i too noticed that every bin i could see on the street had the lid open – and ours has been snapped off. high quality mechanism it seems.

good start for sita…

JC 11:26 am 30 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

When I say ‘we’ I mean it in a general sense. Sure they’re maintained by a private company that contracts to the Gov, but part of the fee would include maintenance costs surely.

For general purposes, sure black would be harder to keep clean I don’t doubt that (why I didn’t buy a black car). I would assume however that white wouldn’t hide grease and oil grime (from moving mechanisms on the truck), let alone garbage juices and other associated deposits. Couple all that with the general dirt that everyone on the roads attracts and I still reckon white is a bad choice.

Your reckon very wrong. Take a look at a white car sometime and the compare that to a darker car. I have a silver car that shows much more dirt than my neighbours white car, same model too.

magiccar9 10:29 am 30 Oct 13

JC said :

Why would WE (I presume you mean the ACT ratepayer) be wasting money to keep them clean? Clearly you don’t understand that the trucks are owned by a private company, maintained by a private company and are contracted to provide a service to the ACT government. So don’t see why it is an issue for us at all.

Besides as 460cixy points out light colours actually hide dirt in particular much better than dark colours.

When I say ‘we’ I mean it in a general sense. Sure they’re maintained by a private company that contracts to the Gov, but part of the fee would include maintenance costs surely.

For general purposes, sure black would be harder to keep clean I don’t doubt that (why I didn’t buy a black car). I would assume however that white wouldn’t hide grease and oil grime (from moving mechanisms on the truck), let alone garbage juices and other associated deposits. Couple all that with the general dirt that everyone on the roads attracts and I still reckon white is a bad choice.

JC 9:08 am 30 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Who’s idea was it to paint the trucks, that are designed to work with dirt/rubbish, in a colour that shows filth the most?
So we’re either going to have horrendously dirty looking trucks, or we’re going to be wasting money constantly keeping them clean…

Why would WE (I presume you mean the ACT ratepayer) be wasting money to keep them clean? Clearly you don’t understand that the trucks are owned by a private company, maintained by a private company and are contracted to provide a service to the ACT government. So don’t see why it is an issue for us at all.

Besides as 460cixy points out light colours actually hide dirt in particular much better than dark colours.

460cixy 7:36 am 30 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Who’s idea was it to paint the trucks, that are designed to work with dirt/rubbish, in a colour that shows filth the most?
So we’re either going to have horrendously dirty looking trucks, or we’re going to be wasting money constantly keeping them clean…

Hardest colour to keep clean is black . White actually hides dirt very well

gecko 9:46 pm 29 Oct 13

Well someone forgot to get our bins today. At least half of Richardson still have not been collected.

magiccar9 7:46 pm 29 Oct 13

Who’s idea was it to paint the trucks, that are designed to work with dirt/rubbish, in a colour that shows filth the most?
So we’re either going to have horrendously dirty looking trucks, or we’re going to be wasting money constantly keeping them clean…

c_c™ 4:14 pm 29 Oct 13

MERC600 said :

Are they all new trucks ? Look very flash

They look new, but Cleanaway was rolling out Euro IV vehicles too which were quieter.

The big ironic thing is the Mayor sold these new trucks has having better emptying arms that would make sure bin lids close more often after being tipped. Well, new truck has done my street and almost all the bins have their lids open. Even watched the truck do a few, not seeing a better mechanism.

bigfeet 11:55 am 29 Oct 13

I seem to recall that we were promised “No Waste by 2010”.

If we haven’t had garbage for three years why do we need new trucks?

MERC600 8:47 am 29 Oct 13

Are they all new trucks ? Look very flash

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