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.
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“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.