Labor will if elected extend its planned rollout of green bins for garden waste to the whole city after earlier promising an April 2017 pilot program in Weston Creek and Kambah followed by a mid-2017 start for Tuggeranong.
The rollout would continue to Belconnen suburbs in mid-2018, the inner north, inner south and Woden in mid-2019 and Gungahlin and Hall in mid-2020.
According to Labor, 80 per cent of the city will be able to access a green bin within a little over two years of the scheme starting.
Residents will have the option of opting out, and those who opt in will pay a $50 deposit for the green bin.
Minister for Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris said Labor had listened to ACT residents on the issue.
“Green bins really matter to the Canberra community, so we’re really pleased to announce today the rollout across the whole city in the next term of government so that every household can access a green bin,” she said.
The party would also introduce a suburb-by-suburb bulky waste pickup service for every Canberra home to allow residents to dispose of large, unwanted household items like fridges or couches.
“Every suburb, every year will have bulky waste pickup, but we’ll also be funding the really terrific charity Givit to come to Canberra and establish a service here,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“If you have something that you want to give to someone who really needs it, Givit will be the connector for you.”
The Liberals took a policy of green bins for the whole Territory to the last ACT election but have yet to announce their position on the issue this campaign.
Pictured above are Fraser resident Fran Corcoran, Minister for Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris and Chief Minister Andrew Barr with Labor’s candidates for Ginninderra Tara Cheyne, Yvette Berry (sitting MLA and Labor Minister), Chris Bourke (sitting MLA and Labor Minister), Gordon Ramsay and Kim Fischer in Ms Corcoran’s backyard. Photos and video: Charlotte Harper