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By Michael Reid - 23 May 2016 41

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Due to industrial action, residents in Weston Creek, Woden and Tuggeranong will not have their household waste and recycling bins collected tomorrow (Tuesday 24 May).

The action is being taken by the drivers employed by contractor SUEZ.

“Due to the large number of suburbs impacted by the industrial action today and tomorrow, catch up collection services will unfortunately not be possible,” Michael Trushell, the director of ACT NOWaste said on Monday.

“To help minimise the impact to residents, the ACT government and contractor SUEZ have established a range of contingency arrangements.

“From today through to Sunday 29 May, five temporary drop-off sites for the disposal of waste and recycling have been established in affected areas.

“Residents will be able to come along to these locations and drop off any rubbish for free.”

The temporary sites will be open from 6am to 8pm and are located at:

  • Calwell – in the car park adjacent to the parkland area off Outtrim Avenue
  • Kambah – outside the ACT Parks and Conservation Service Depot off Chirnside Circuit
  • Weston Creek – in the car park adjacent to the parkland area off Hilder Street
  • Phillip – in the car park north-east of Callum Offices off Easty Street
  • Tuggeranong – within the car park opposite Abode Apartments off Anketell and Cowlishaw Streets.

Excess household waste of up to two large plastic garbage bags, or the equivalent of a green bin in volume, can be disposed of for free at both the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres until Sunday. Proof of address such as driver’s licence will need to be provided to demonstrate the resident is from a suburb whose bins were scheduled for collection on Monday and Tuesday.

Recyclable materials can be deposited for free at the six regional recycling drop-off centres. Additional collection services will again be scheduled for the centres to help cope with the expected increase in the recyclable material being disposed of by affected residents.

Trushell said the ACT government would continue to keep the community informed about the industrial action including any further impacts to residents and alternative disposal options.

“We have installed signage throughout all of the affected suburbs to ensure residents are aware of the disruptions to bin collections this week. Radio and Facebook advertising is also being used to help inform the community.

“Information is also available on the Territory and Municipal Services website at www.tams.act.gov.au, by following @tamsmediaroom on Twitter, liking the ACT Government Facebook page, downloading the free MyWaste app or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.”

Suburbs affected by tomorrow’s industrial action are: Banks, Gilmore*, O’Malley*, Bonython, Gordon, Phillip*, Calwell, Gowrie*, Richardson*, Chisholm*, Isaacs*, Swinger Hill*, Conder, Isabella Plains, Tharwa, Fadden*, Macarthur* Theodore, Garran* Monash*, Wanniassa*.

* Recycling collections also scheduled on this day.

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Missed bin collections
crackerpants 12:11 pm 25 May 16

rommeldog56 said :

Masquara said :

chewy14 said :

gooterz said :

Mordd said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

What about the disposable nappies?

One child still uses a few a week. This is is much of our green bin load each week.

We’re in much the same situation – we’re a family of 5, and fill one grocery bag with rubbish every week. We put it out to keep the recycling bin company. We compost all our food waste (we’re vegetarian so no meat/maggot issues), pet waste, tissues, some paper waste and garden waste. We have a trashpack for bulk garden waste (large prunings and weeds). Our youngest also uses a few nappies per week. We regularly send out cereal boxes and egg cartons to meet school/daycare requests for construction materials.

I do think the strike needs to be resolved, but I’d like to see an overhaul of rubbish collection in the longer term. Our recycling bin is overflowing after two weeks, but it takes weeks to fill our green bin. I think collecting green bins every two weeks should be realistic for most people, with perhaps a little extra effort put into recycling (at home and using govt services).

Maybe we could have a garden waste bin to replace the trashpack, with alternating weeks of landfill/green waste collection?

Perfect 🙂

Nilrem 10:51 am 25 May 16

Masquara said :

chewy14 said :

gooterz said :

Mordd said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

What about the disposable nappies?

One child still uses a few a week. This is is much of our green bin load each week.

We’re in much the same situation – we’re a family of 5, and fill one grocery bag with rubbish every week. We put it out to keep the recycling bin company. We compost all our food waste (we’re vegetarian so no meat/maggot issues), pet waste, tissues, some paper waste and garden waste. We have a trashpack for bulk garden waste (large prunings and weeds). Our youngest also uses a few nappies per week. We regularly send out cereal boxes and egg cartons to meet school/daycare requests for construction materials.

I do think the strike needs to be resolved, but I’d like to see an overhaul of rubbish collection in the longer term. Our recycling bin is overflowing after two weeks, but it takes weeks to fill our green bin. I think collecting green bins every two weeks should be realistic for most people, with perhaps a little extra effort put into recycling (at home and using govt services).

Maybe we could have a garden waste bin to replace the trashpack, with alternating weeks of landfill/green waste collection?

Maya123 10:10 am 25 May 16

Spiral said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Do you point out which weeks in the year you won’t need a collection at the start of the period or do you pick and choose as it goes on? How much would you put the price of that choice?

So, tell me where I can nominate a rubbish pick up and get a discount for the missed weeks and I’ll do it. You’re the one suggesting this idea. All I said, was that I had accepted I wasn’t getting a discount for the weeks (more not out than out) I wasn’t putting my bin out. I wasn’t making a complaint about missing ONE week of rubbish pick-up.

rhino 10:02 am 25 May 16

I really hope the contract was written properly by the ACT government such that no tax payer dollars are going towards this contractor for services not rendered! In fact there should be financial penalties applied to the contractor for each day that the service is not provided, especially since it’s increasing ACT Government costs in other areas. If not, these garbos are costing the community greatly.

Is it really worth it when they’re apparently the best paid in the country and earn above the average wage? Seems selfish to me. What did I do to them, for them to inconvenience me like this? Why don’t they just refuse to collect garbage for their employer’s building or something?

crackerpants 7:42 am 25 May 16

chewy14 said :

gooterz said :

Mordd said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

What about the disposable nappies?

One child still uses a few a week. This is is much of our green bin load each week.

We’re in much the same situation – we’re a family of 5, and fill one grocery bag with rubbish every week. We put it out to keep the recycling bin company. We compost all our food waste (we’re vegetarian so no meat/maggot issues), pet waste, tissues, some paper waste and garden waste. We have a trashpack for bulk garden waste (large prunings and weeds). Our youngest also uses a few nappies per week. We regularly send out cereal boxes and egg cartons to meet school/daycare requests for construction materials.

I do think the strike needs to be resolved, but I’d like to see an overhaul of rubbish collection in the longer term. Our recycling bin is overflowing after two weeks, but it takes weeks to fill our green bin. I think collecting green bins every two weeks should be realistic for most people, with perhaps a little extra effort put into recycling (at home and using govt services).

Nilrem 10:47 pm 24 May 16

gooterz said :

Mordd said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

What about the disposable nappies?

One child still uses a few a week. This is is much of our green bin load each week.

gooterz 9:59 pm 24 May 16

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Do you point out which weeks in the year you won’t need a collection at the start of the period or do you pick and choose as it goes on? How much would you put the price of that choice?

dungfungus 12:05 pm 24 May 16

Mordd said :

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

What about the disposable nappies?

Nilrem 11:12 am 24 May 16

DavidL said :

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

Totally, we’re a larger family, and our landfill bin is less than one-fifth full each week. Recycling, composting and redcycling (soft plastic recycling via Coles) doesn’t leave much else.

vos 10:45 am 24 May 16

So thanks to the bright sparks that banned plastic bags in Canberra, I’m supposed to go out and buy plastic bags to then fish out of my bin the used tampons, food scraps, dog poo and other non-recyclable rubbishy to place them in said purchased plastic bag and personally deliver them to the rubbish dump during my work hours when I’m supposed to be at work or forgo the kids weekend activities because a bunch of garbage collectors want to go on strike to prove they need to be paid above their station for the university degree that was required to obtain such a rocket science job of driving a truck, lining it up with a bin and pressing a few buttons? And it’s not just one week this is said to be happening!!!!!!!! This is why Canberra is the butt of jokes….

Maya123 9:09 am 24 May 16

Zan said :

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

I would like a refund too for the weeks I don’t put out my bin, because it’s not full enough. I don’t put out my bin for more weeks than I do put it out. But I long ago accepted that I must help subsidise all the people who put a bin out most weeks. (Likely you, or you wouldn’t have complained here.) But it isn’t going to happen for me, and most weeks I don’t use the service, as least for general rubbish.
It’s only one week; you should be able to hold out for that.

dungfungus 8:32 am 24 May 16

I am considering some “industrial action” of my own over this.
Usually, at Christmas, I give a six-pack of beer to the drivers who carry out these services.
This year, I will open each bottle and pour off an amount of beer commensurate with the number of services we did not get.
Also, it will be light beer from now on.

rommeldog56 7:44 am 24 May 16

Under the contract, I would assume that the ACT Gov’t will not pay the contractor for the collections missed. There should also be provision for Liquidated Damages to be paid by the contractor.

Therefore, the ACT Gov’t must give affected households/ratepayers a proportional refund on their Annual Rates.

If they don’t, its a windfall financial gain for the ACT Labor/Greens Gov’t.

gooterz 9:46 pm 23 May 16

What action is the government taking against the operator?
Or are we just sitting here paying for a service not provided?

dungfungus 8:54 pm 23 May 16

What a joke!
We can drop off the stuff for “free”?
This must mean we get a rebate on our rates for the service we pay for but aren’t getting?
Right?
No.
Why call it “industrial action”; is “strike” not politically correct anymore.

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