28 October 2020

Drivers' strike to impact bin collection in 23 suburbs

| Dominic Giannini
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Waste collection in the ACT

Waste collection services will be disrupted on Monday next week. Photo: TCCS Twitter.

Household waste and recycling collections will be disrupted on Monday (2 November) due to industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor Suez.

Missed collections will not be caught up as it would cause too much disruption to other suburbs, the Transport and City Services Directorate said.

Green waste bin services, bulky waste collections and the wheeled bin assistance service will continue as normal.

Rubbish collection will be affected in:

  • Chapman – waste
  • Chifley – waste and recycling
  • Coombs – waste
  • Curtin – waste
  • Denman Prospect – waste
  • Duffy – waste
  • Farrer – waste and recycling
  • Fisher – waste
  • Greenway – waste and recycling
  • Holder – waste
  • Kambah – waste and recycling
  • Lyons – waste and recycling
  • Mawson – waste and recycling
  • Oxley – waste and recycling
  • Pearce – waste and recycling
  • Rivett – waste
  • Stirling – waste
  • Torrens – waste and recycling
  • Uriarra Village – waste
  • Waramanga – waste
  • Weston – waste
  • Wright – waste
  • Yarralumla – waste.

Houses affected by the strike will be able to dispose of up to three large garbage bags for free at the following sites between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm from Saturday, 31 October to Sunday, 8 November:

  • Waramanga – Walpiri Place, off Namatjira Drive
  • Kambah – 66 Springbett Street, near the tennis courts
  • Gowrie – 7 Finlay Place, near the Scout hall
  • Weston – Hilder Street, at the Weston Neighbourhood Oval.

Alternatively, three large plastic garbage bags can be disposed of for free at Resource Management Centres at Mugga Lane in Symonston and Flemington Road in Mitchell between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm on the same dates.

Canberrans will need to show proof of residency when dropping off waste at these Resource Management Centres.

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Recyclable materials can continue to be dropped off for free at the ACT Government’s 24/7 recycling drop off centres at:

  • Jolly Street, Belconnen
  • O’Brien Place, Gungahlin
  • Baillieu Circuit, Mitchell
  • Botany Street, Phillip
  • Scollay Street, Tuggeranong.

For up-to-date information, visit City Services.

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Capital Retro4:17 pm 30 Oct 20

“Joshua Andrew Morgan if you’re going to drive that distance, passing the tip on the way, why not just take it to the tip..”

That’s a problem because residents are not allowed access to the tip face. Even if you do get in with a large truck you will pay about $110 a tonne.

“Missed collections will not be caught up as it would cause too much disruption to other suburbs,”
It is not acceptable to to disadvantage southside suburbs just so northside suburbs are not disrupted. This is grossly unfair treatment of all southside residents.
The obligation on the ACT Government is to ensure garbage is collected from all suburbs, not to expect southside residents to dispose of their own waste simply to save the contractor the inconvenience of rearranging their schedule to catch up on the missed collection/s.

Get rid of them all and hire contractors on individually negotiated hourly rates.
Unions are so tiresome.

So your happy to work for $2 an hour then ssek and be reliant on food banks, like so many do where individual contracts rule the roost.

Be careful what you wish for.

I work as a contractor now, in a union free industry. I make a heap more than on a workplace agreement where under performing layabouts get the same as good workers. You are telling a blatant lie.

Capital Retro6:02 pm 29 Oct 20

Nobody works for $2 per hour. I think you are getting over-emotional.

Capital Retro8:09 pm 28 Oct 20

According to her Linkedin page, Megan Baker-Goldsmith is a Field Organizer with the Community and public sector union – cpsu

She organizes, negotiates and supports union members.

Capital Retro5:53 pm 28 Oct 20

“three large plastic garbage bags”

That’s not precise enough. Do they mean the bags that most people put in the kerb-side bins or the 25 litre ones in the kitchen tidy under the sink?

Timing of the missed collection is very interesting – just after the ACT election so as not to impact the Labor-Greens government and on a Monday to give the union members a long weekend. Bad luck for the suburbs affected; we won’t get the waste collection service that we have paid for. The missed collection should be made up or a rates rebate offered to affected residents.

Lol the administrative costs of providing said ‘rates rebate’ would vastly outweigh the value of said rebate, which would likely be a few cents when broken down to a per household level.

Making up the collection – agreed however.

Capital Retro6:07 pm 29 Oct 20

Maybe while the trucks are idle the mechanics can get under them and replace the hydraulic oil seals. There are oil patches wherever they have been. Not good for the environment.

Are you reading this, Mr Rattenbury?

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