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Green bins on way, starting in Weston Creek, Kambah

By Charlotte Harper - 28 May 2016 36

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The ACT Government will roll out green bins for garden waste across Canberra in coming years starting with a pilot program in Weston Creek and Kambah to be funded in the 2016/17 ACT Budget and commence first quarter of 2017.

The cost of the pilot and rollout across the two regions will be $1.715 million over two financial years.

Households will be able to opt in to the service for a one-off, cost-recovery deposit of around $50, with bins collected every fortnight. Pensioners and concession card holders will receive their bin without providing a deposit. Apartment residents and other households who do not need the service or would prefer not to participate can opt out.

The Canberra Liberals are still formulating their policy on this issue ahead of the October ACT election, but in the run-up to the last poll, in 2012, they were committed to providing all Canberrans with free garden waste bins.

ACT Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris, who has advocated for green bins since joining the Assembly, said the pilot would be evaluated after 12 months to test the program before the next stage of the rollout.

“Garden waste collected from the kerb will be processed at existing facilities and we will tender for this service so the pilot program in Weston Creek and Kambah can be up and running quickly in 2017,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“The mulch prepared from waste will be available through commercial providers, and the opt-in cost recovery deposit for the bin will ensure that only households who want a bin, will get one.”

Ms Fitzharris said the government chose Weston Creek and Kambah because they were mature suburbs with established gardens and were broadly representative of the housing profile of the city, and provided a good sample size of residents.

The areas both fall within the new ACT Legislative Assembly electorate of Murrumbidgee, the only electorate in which Labor has no sitting member candidates, while the Liberals have two in Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson and his colleague Giulia Jones. Former Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur is also running in Murrumbidgee.

Ms Fitzharris said a phased rollout was the best way to deliver a major new recycling project, and mirrored the process for the introduction of recycling bins to the territory in the 1990s.

The pilot would help the government determine how many waste trucks would be required for a city-wide rollout, the impact the program would have on existing waste facilities and the required regularity of pickups.

Green bins would help to divert some of the 5,000 tonnes of garden waste that is currently going to landfill each year, the Minister said.

The bins would be for garden refuse only, not household compost such as food scraps.

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36 Responses to
Green bins on way, starting in Weston Creek, Kambah
gbates 9:06 pm 28 May 16

People who want a green waste service can already go out an pay for one, from a number of different operators. If the private market is functioning properly then there’s no case for government intervention, especially from a government who can’t fulfil the responsibilities that a government should fulfil.

dungfungus 7:24 pm 28 May 16

Masquara said :

Mordd said :

Apparently The Green has not supported this decision 100% either so are there cracks in the coalition?

Got anything to back that allegation up with? Or just the usual green bashing?

Also correction to the article, people not needing the bin don’t have to opt-out, as you must opt-in to get one, by default everyone is opted-out so if you don’t want one, just do nothing, no need to opt-out.

You made a similar unfounded allegation about the Liberals on this blog on 12th November 2009, namely “It seems someone in the local branch is worried about their potential performance in Eden-Monaro”.
Appears to be the usual Liberal bashing to me but I can’t back that up.
Well, at least we all know now where your political allegiances are.

rubaiyat 3:35 pm 28 May 16

Bennop said :

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

+1

Queanbeyanite 3:30 pm 28 May 16

We’ve had them in Queanbeyan for years…

Mordd 2:47 pm 28 May 16

Mordd said :

Apparently The Green has not supported this decision 100% either so are there cracks in the coalition?

Got anything to back that allegation up with? Or just the usual green bashing?

Also correction to the article, people not needing the bin don’t have to opt-out, as you must opt-in to get one, by default everyone is opted-out so if you don’t want one, just do nothing, no need to opt-out.

crackerpants 1:46 pm 28 May 16

Bennop said :

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

I compost. I have three big black bins on the go at any one time, plus two more “unofficial” compost piles where I “cook” the weeds and light prunings down before adding them to the mix. Heavy prunings, all rose clippings and some weeds go in the trashpack. There are 5 of us (plus pets) producing compostible waste, we have a big garden, and some things are not appropriate for composting.

This is a welcome development (my cynicism notwithstanding – who do they think they’re kidding?), and $50 (per year?) is a lot less than we pay for our trashpack service. Fascinating though that they’re chosen Weston Creek as being “representative” of Canberra houses/gardens. The way development in Canberra is going, I’d saying our being “representative” will be short-lived. We do represent the long-neglected southside though…

Charlotte, is it opt out, or opt in? It can’t be both 🙂

miz 12:47 pm 28 May 16

Mordd said :

The Good : Grren bins are finally here.

The Bad : The $50 “deposit” !

Why ??

The Ugly : After years and years of stonewalling, finally implementing – in an election year. Its not that I’m cynical mind you……

Overall : Great.

An obvious attempt to neutralise the Libs – same with suddenly seeing the light re Ashley Drive

rommeldog56 12:32 pm 28 May 16

The Good : Grren bins are finally here.

The Bad : The $50 “deposit” ! Why ??

The Ugly : After years and years of stonewalling, finally implementing – in an election year. Its not that I’m cynical mind you……

Overall : Great.

Maya123 12:11 pm 28 May 16

gooterz said :

Bennop said :

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

Just wait for the compost tax to force you to use the green bin

🙂 They haven’t forced me to invent ways to fill my bin up every week, like most people find ways to do and no bin tax yet…wait, that’s included in rates. I think of it as the anti-dumping tax. If people only paid for collection of the rubbish they produced (as some people pay for trash packs now), some would just dump it in the bush rather than pay or adjust their lifestyle. I think of it as a necessary evil for paying for more than I use. Rubbish dumped in the bush is not pretty.

dungfungus 11:43 am 28 May 16

gooterz said :

Bennop said :

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

Just wait for the compost tax to force you to use the green bin

As long as the people in apartments that have no gardens and eat out all the time have to pay the “compost tax” I am happy.
I mean most of us already pay for buses we don’t use and soon it will also be for a tram we don’t need or use.

gooterz 11:09 am 28 May 16

Mordd said :

Well done Meegan Fitzharris who appears to be staking a claim to be the Territory’s next Chief Minister (which I would support).
Apparently The Green has not supported this decision 100% either so are there cracks in the coalition?
If the government can see that green bins are needed why can’t they see that the light rail isn’t?

Weston creek and Kambah is exactly the electoral boundary. They cant see its needed unless you mean the votes?

Also the truck drivers go on strike and a week later they’re back at work and a new rubbish contract goes up for tender?

gooterz 10:59 am 28 May 16

Bennop said :

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

Just wait for the compost tax to force you to use the green bin

dungfungus 9:56 am 28 May 16

Well done Meegan Fitzharris who appears to be staking a claim to be the Territory’s next Chief Minister (which I would support).
Apparently The Green has not supported this decision 100% either so are there cracks in the coalition?
If the government can see that green bins are needed why can’t they see that the light rail isn’t?

Maya123 9:53 am 28 May 16

Not something I have ever wanted or needed. I compost.

miz 9:09 am 28 May 16

Wow, local Labor is really panicking, hey! Actually doing something people have been asking for for years, AND starting the roll out southside!
Now bring on the hard rubbish collection please – then at least it might feel like we live in a city that has a few decent local council services

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