The ACT Government has committed to providing green waste bins for all Canberrans who want them by mid-2019, with Tuggeranong collections to start in January next year and Belconnen collections to begin next September.
Following a successful pilot in Weston Creek and Kambah, Tuggeranong residents will be given the opportunity to sign up for green waste collections before the end of this month – from Monday, November 27.
The Tuggeranong green waste collections will start next January and will cover Banks, Bonython, Calwell, Chisholm, Conder, Fadden, Gilmore, Gordon, Gowrie, Greenway, Isabella Plains, Macarthur, Monash, Oxley, Richardson, Theodore, Wanniassa and Tharwa.
“Every Canberran who wants a green bin will have one by the middle of 2019,” said Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris.
“This means we’ll complete the delivery of our 2016 election commitment a year ahead of schedule.”
The bins will offset some of the 5,000 tonnes of garden waste that pours into landfill each year and save Canberrans from travelling to the tip to dispose of their green waste, such as lawn clippings, leaves and branches.
Ms Fitzharris said the pilot in Weston Creek and Kambah had been a big success.
“We’ve already had more than 8000 homes opt-in for green waste bins since the trial began earlier this year,” Ms Fitzharris said.
Tuggeranong residents need to pay a one-off fee of $50 to receive the service with the first bins due to be delivered in early January and collections starting later in the month.
Weston and Kambah residents who weren’t involved in the pilot can also still opt-in for a green bin. They will need to pay a one-off registration fee of $50 but eligible concession card holders are exempt from having to pay.
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