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.