Garbage strike extends for a third week, more suburbs impacted

Kim Treasure 13 November 2020 15
Garbage strike notice

Garbage collectors are on strike for a third week. Photo: Region Media.

Garbage truck drivers must be hoping for third time lucky as their industrial action for better pay and condition spills into week three.

This time parts of Belconnen, Gungahlin and the Inner North will miss their regular collections while other suburbs will have their waste collected on a later date.


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The protected industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor Suez will impact customers as follows:

If you have a Tuesday waste and/or recycling collection

  • Parts of Tuggeranong and Woden, which usually have a Tuesday collection, will have their bins collected two days later than usual on Thursday, 19 November. Residents are advised to leave their bin/s on the kerb for collection. Waste and/or recycling will be collected according to the current week’s collection calendar.

If you have a Wednesday or Thursday waste and/or recycling collection

  • Parts of Belconnen and Gungahlin that have a Wednesday collection are advised that their bins will not be collected on Wednesday, 18 November and missed collections will not be caught up. You can take your waste to the temporary drop-off sites and your recycling to a Recycling Drop Off Centre.
  • Parts of Belconnen and the Inner North that have a Thursday collection are advised that their bins will not be collected on Thursday, 19 November and missed collections will not be caught up. You can take your waste to the temporary drop-off sites and your recycling to a Recycling Drop Off Centre.

If you have a Friday waste and/or recycling collection

  • Parts of the Inner North and Inner South which usually have a Friday collection may experience some missed collections on Friday, 20 November. Please put your bin/s on the kerb for collection. A temporary drop-off site will be available in the area for those that experience a missed collection.

Suburbs impacted by Wednesday’s missed collections are:

  • Amaroo – waste
  • Bonner – waste
  • Casey – waste and recycling
  • Charnwood – waste and recycling
  • Crace – waste
  • Dunlop (north of Ginninderra Drive) – waste and recycling
  • Evatt (north of Clancy Street) – waste and recycling
  • Flynn – waste and recycling
  • Forde – waste
  • Fraser – waste and recycling
  • Hall – waste and recycling
  • Jacka – waste
  • Melba – waste and recycling
  • Moncrieff – waste
  • Ngunnawal – waste
  • Nicholls – waste and recycling
  • Palmerston – waste
  • Spence – waste and recycling
  • Taylor – waste.

Suburbs affected by Thursday’s missed collections are:

  • Aranda – waste and recycling
  • Belconnen – waste and recycling
  • Bruce – waste and recycling
  • Cook – waste
  • Dunlop (south of Ginninderra Drive) – waste
  • Evatt (south of Clancy Street) – waste and recycling
  • Florey – waste and recycling
  • Giralang – waste and recycling
  • Hawker – waste
  • Higgins – waste
  • Holt – waste
  • Kaleen – waste and recycling
  • Latham – waste
  • Lawson – waste and recycling
  • Lyneham (north of Ginninderra Drive) – waste and recycling
  • Macgregor – waste
  • Macquarie – waste
  • McKellar – waste and recycling
  • Page – waste and recycling
  • Scullin – waste
  • Strathnairn – waste
  • Weetangera – waste.

Green waste bin services, bulky waste collections and the wheeled-bin assistance service are not affected and will continue as normal. Residents are encouraged to visit City Services or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for more information.


READ ALSO: Garbage truck industrial action ‘disappointing’ during a recession: Suez


The following temporary rubbish only drop-off sites will be available from Monday, 16 November until Sunday, 29 November for suburbs affected in Belconnen and Gungahlin that normally have their bins collected on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Up to three large plastic bags of household waste (from the general rubbish bin) can be disposed of for free at:

  • Flynn – George Simpson Park, off Sanderson Close (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • West Belconnen – West Belconnen Resource Management Centre, off Parkwood Road (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • Nicholls – next to Hu Guo Bao En Temple, near the intersection of Kelleway Avenue and Anne Clark Avenue (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • McKellar – McKellar Oval, off Bennetts Close (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • Giralang – Giralang AFL Oval, off Tucana Street (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • Mitchell – Mitchell Resource Management Centre, Flemington Road (7.30 am to 5:00 pm).

A temporary rubbish only drop-off site will be available on Saturday, 21 November and Sunday, 22 November for any missed collections in the Inner North and Inner South on Friday, 20 November. This site will be on Phillip Avenue in Ainslie at the start of the nature reserve, near the old Ainslie Transfer Station.

Temporary drop-off sites in the Tuggeranong area will also remain open until Sunday, 22 November.

Maps of the drop-off sites available at City Services. Proof of ACT residency such as a driver’s licence will need to be shown in order to access the free drop-off service.

Recyclable materials can always be dropped off for free at the ACT Government Recycling Drop Off Centres, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eligible containers can be taken to ACT Container Deposit Scheme drop-off locations to receive a 10 cent refund per container. Find your closest drop-off and which containers are eligible at ACT Container Deposit Scheme.

An ACT Government spokesperson said it acknowledged the impact the ongoing industrial action had on the community and was trying to minimise disruption by ensuring the same group of suburbs does not miss a collection two weeks in a row, even when the industrial action occurs on the same day for two weeks running.

The ACT Government is urging both parties to reach agreement as quickly as possible.


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15 Responses to Garbage strike extends for a third week, more suburbs impacted
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tim_c tim_c 4:46 pm 19 Nov 20

If only we could have a local government capable of delivering basic services. I trust they’ll be just as understanding if there is disruption in payment of my next rates installment…

Ol L Ol L 11:00 am 19 Nov 20

Unskilled labour, dime a dozen. Better be careful or they might have a permanent ‘strike’

Sol Sol 7:22 am 19 Nov 20

Sack them all or sack the contractor. Why should rate payers suffer? Holding the city to ransom like this on top of everything else is just insanity. Find someone else to do it.

    tim_c tim_c 4:44 pm 19 Nov 20

    I couldn’t agree more – I hope it’s remembered when their contract comes up for renewal.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 8:33 pm 16 Nov 20

Interesting that the suburbs closest to LBG are thus far the least affected by these strikes – pure coincidence, no doubt.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:30 pm 13 Nov 20

The COVID 19 pandemic has taught us how to deal with most problems through adapting and compromising. This cessation of waste collection services creates an opportunity to dispense with the contractors service altogether and give ratepayers the choice of taking their garbage to transfer stations or using or revive the old private “trash-pack” industry run by competitive operators.

Same thing with the buses and ambulances. I can’t reconcile how a 10km trip in an ambulance costs over a $1,000.

    buzz819 buzz819 7:19 pm 18 Nov 20

    I wonder if it’s got anything to do with the two highly trained paramedics, who need continual training and skills enhancement to keep the community safe.
    I’m guessing you feel they are just a taxi for the mildly ill.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 4:45 pm 20 Nov 20

    When you refer to “the mildly ill” please remember that some people have no way of getting to a hospital for treatment so an ambulance is just as necessary for them. Whether the ambulance is for critically ill people or someone like me who needs re-hydration and is is too crook to drive the cost is the same.

russianafroman russianafroman 5:07 pm 13 Nov 20

Green waste isn’t cancelled – operated by a different company. Suez have caused this chaos on top of a recession and a virus destroying the country. This is lunacy and is impacting those in society who are most vulnerable.

ssek ssek 3:46 pm 13 Nov 20

Can Suez hurry up and sack these clowns and hire contractors who actually want to work?

    russianafroman russianafroman 5:13 pm 13 Nov 20

    Wouldn’t work unfortunately what is happening right now is we’re living in a clown world – whereas all we can do is laugh in the face of what is going on. The fact is that most likely civilization will collapse within 50 years due to complications arising from climate change (rising sea levels, mass migration in the billions, mass disease, crop die-off, starvation and global warfare). See bronze age collapse. So there is no point fighting anything. We are in a clown world. All we can do is laugh, get drunk and stoned, spend every night at the nightclub and engaging in degeneracy and hedonism. What else are we to do?

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 4:55 pm 20 Nov 20

    Well, the activities that you refer to in your second last sentence may be what pursue but I follow a distinctive doctrine sometimes referred to as “rugged individualism” the definition being “the practice or advocacy of individualism in social and economic relations emphasizing personal liberty and independence”.

    It has got me through life so far and dealing with a garbage collection strike is a very low priority.

    You mention rising sea levels, where exactly on the south coast is this happening?

    Robert Robert 9:32 pm 13 Nov 20

    Do you know why they’re on strike?

    ssek ssek 12:11 pm 14 Nov 20

    Because of union greed, demanding a pay rise during a recession, and not wanting to work to the conditions for which they signed up.

    There are plenty of people now looking for work due to covid. I’m sure some have a truck license. Replace the union stooges with contractors happy to do the work. Never again let union members complete their probation period. Simple fix.

    nickwest nickwest 7:29 pm 19 Nov 20

    Workers have the right to join together in a union so they can negotiate with their employer. But trying to blag 12% at a time like this seems pretty tone-deaf. Employers also have the right to tell the union to either suck it up or face termination.

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