Government seeks provider for bulky waste collection service

Ian Bushnell 31 December 2019 14
Bulky waste collection service

Canberra’s new bulky waste collection service will roll out from July. Photo: File.

Tuggeranong and Gungahlin will be the first areas to benefit from free kerbside bulky waste pick-ups from the middle of the year, with the ACT Government releasing a tender to secure a service provider.

The tender comes after industry engagement earlier last year on the new service, which will see each household receive a single collection per year of up to two cubic metres for items including damaged furniture and worn-out appliances such as fridges.

The Government intends to roll out the new service, a 2016 election promise, from July 2020 starting in the north and south, followed by Belconnen, Molonglo and Hall in 2021-22, Woden and Weston Creek in 2022-23 and the inner north and inner south in 2023-24.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said that residents would be able to book collections online, with the exact details of the service to be determined in consultation with the service operator.

“We’ve rolled out green bins across the city and we’re rolling out bulky waste collection to provide better city services in Canberra,” he said.

Local industry participation and secure local jobs would be a priority in selecting the service provider.

Mr Steel said it was important that accessible bulky waste collection was available to improve to amenity of the city.

“The government is cracking down on illegal dumping, but at the same time we will also provide an accessible service for households to drop off unwanted bulky items to encourage good behaviour,” he said.

“The ACT will go further than many governments across Australia by providing an extension service to eligible residents who are unable to move the bulky goods from their home to the kerb, including older persons or people with a disability.”

The Government is also seeking to divert as much bulky waste from landfill as possible.

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14 Responses to Government seeks provider for bulky waste collection service
David Jackson David Jackson 8:36 am 02 Jan 20

So how much more do my rates need to go up to pay for this? The service already exists. It’s just you have to pay for it. So now I’m going to be subsiding more government waste.

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 10:26 pm 01 Jan 20

I blame the light rail!

Kathy Schneider Kathy Schneider 8:09 pm 01 Jan 20

Our council in Sydney gives us 4 a year, and you can ring up arrange a private one if you pay. Other councils in Sydney just have ones you ring up for privately. We never put stuff out until the night before the date, otherwise you find randoms (and sometimes your next door neighbours!) have added their rubbish to your pile, sometimes tipping it over the permitted cubic meter rules (and sometimes perishable rubbish like takeaway food containers and nappies!

Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 7:31 pm 01 Jan 20

Oh goody. Junk on foot paths and bike lanes. Just wait to the righteous cycle brigade get hold of this.

Rachael Boyle Rachael Boyle 7:13 pm 01 Jan 20

About time !

Lexie Donald Lexie Donald 7:07 pm 01 Jan 20


Gun GA liN

they have a freakin tram

Service some other part of cbr ffs

Sophie Louise Sophie Louise 7:05 pm 01 Jan 20

Great this will make our suburbs look clean and tidy. People won't wait until collection time.

Shan Weereratne Shan Weereratne 6:54 pm 01 Jan 20

Just open up the tip to help people dispose their old furniture.

David Brown David Brown 6:18 pm 01 Jan 20

As usual, the Baa Government does half a job.

Juliane Samara Juliane Samara 6:09 pm 01 Jan 20

Hate this, as I drive through NSW in collection days the streets look like a tip. Why not make it one free day a year per suburb to dispose of things at the tip instead?

    Jerome Boland Jerome Boland 6:15 pm 01 Jan 20

    Because not everyone has the ability to transport these materials to the tip, not to mention physical accessibility issues for some of the population as well.

    Alexandra Hughes Alexandra Hughes 7:12 pm 01 Jan 20

    Juliane Samara but what about the people who have no way of transporting bulky items? I think its a great idea and the aesthetics for a few days is a small issue. 😊

    Robert McMahon Robert McMahon 7:13 pm 01 Jan 20

    Because you’d have to get there. I think this is a terrific idea, long overdue.

    Neica Hall Neica Hall 8:35 pm 01 Jan 20

    Juliane Samara the problem is not everyone has transport to get it to the tip.

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