Green waste collection to start in Belconnen next month

Glynis Quinlan 3 August 2018 8

ACT City Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris and Brindabella MLAs Joy Burch and Mick Gentleman show Calwell resident Stephen McDougall his new green bin at the start of the Tuggeranong rollout in January. Photo: Supplied.

Registrations have opened for Belconnen households wanting a green bin with the new green waste collection service to start in the area on September 3.

More than 22,000 Canberra households in Weston Creek and Tuggeranong are currently using the green bins, with more than 3,100 tonnes of green waste collected by the end of June this year.

The Belconnen area is the next in line to get the service, with the rest of Canberra to be invited to receive the service from July next year.

The ACT Government opened registrations for Belconnen residents wanting a 240-litre green waste bin on Wednesday (August 1).

“All Belconnen residents can opt-in for a one-off $50 payment to receive a green bin, with eligible concession card holders exempt from payment,” said Member for Ginninderra, Tara Cheyne.

Ms Cheyne said results from the pilot service in Weston Creek and Tuggeranong have been very positive, with over 9,700 residents signed up in Weston Creek and Kambah and 12,700 residents signed up in Tuggeranong as of 30 June 2018.

“As of the end of June 2018 over 3,100 tonnes of green waste had been collected for processing and less than one per cent of contamination had been recorded,” Ms Cheyne said.

“This is a great result and I look forward to seeing Belconnen households take advantage of the service which saves residents time and money, provides high-quality compost products for landscaping, and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

The Belconnen green waste bin collections will cover Belconnen, Dunlop, Latham, Holt, MacGregor, Macquarie, Weetangera, Hawker, Higgins, Scullin, Aranda, Cook, Charnwood, Flynn, Fraser, Florey, Page, Evatt, Melba, Spence, Giralang, Lawson, McKellar, Bruce and Kaleen.

The green bins will be delivered to Belconnen households in two bulk phases from August 13 to September 14.

The materials which can be placed in the green waste bins include grass clippings, leaves, branches, flowers, garden prunings and weeds.

However, the materials that are banned from the green waste service include food waste, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, stumps, logs, soil, construction materials, processed timber and recyclables.

The green bins must not be overfilled, with the lid fully closed and the mass not exceeding 50 kilograms.

Ms Cheyne said that JJ Richards and Sons would provide kerbside collections, garden waste processing, and community education, with SULO MGB Australia contracted to manage customer registrations as well as manufacture, deliver and maintain the green waste bins. The contracts will be in place until October 2023.

For more information or to register for the green waste service, visit

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8 Responses to Green waste collection to start in Belconnen next month
Amelia Watman Amelia Watman 6:26 pm 06 Aug 18

Craig Hayley Gaye Fred you’re probably already registered for this...

Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:31 pm 06 Aug 18

What they haven’t told us about yet is the plan to include rotting food.

Bec Moroney Bec Moroney 7:14 pm 04 Aug 18

We have ordered ours for Macgregor. Super happy about the F/N collection. Having so many gum trees that we are not allowed to cut down 😐 this will greatly help keep our yard a bit tidier. Thank you !

Stuart Roesler Stuart Roesler 6:11 pm 04 Aug 18

For a town so small, sure is taking a sweet time to get to other burbs.

Jacqueline Von Renouard Jacqueline Von Renouard 5:55 pm 04 Aug 18

Had mine since the end of January and love it. It's Mobile, light and my garden has certainly benefited from it. 😉

Debbie Nelson Debbie Nelson 5:28 pm 04 Aug 18

The best thing ever

Nick Bennett Nick Bennett 4:42 pm 04 Aug 18

We can't wait to get our green bin so we can finally start containing all the leaves that fall from the huge gum trees where we live.

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