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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Free bulky waste collection for Tuggeranong and Gungahlin

Tuggeranong and Gungahlin’s residents can book in for a free bulky waste collection service from 1 July.

The annual service announced Friday 12 June will be facilitated by waste and water giant Suez and is set to create 14 jobs.

ACT Minister for Recycling and Waste Reduction Chris Steel said the bulky waste collection service was set to rollout in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin, before expanding city-wide.

“The bulky waste service is designed to make it easier for Canberrans to dispose of unwanted household goods, saving time and money whilst also enabling better resource recovery, reducing illegal dumping and keeping our city clean,” he said.

“Each household will receive one collection per year of up to two cubic metres which is similar to the size of a small box trailer.”
The service will expand to Belconnen, Molonglo and Hall in 2021-22, Woden and Weston Creek in 2022-23 and the inner north and south from 2023-24.

Suez will hold an indigenous driver training program for the new service.

ACT Suez manager Sean Crowe said the company was looking forward to proving the bulky waste collection service to the territory.

“Suez is pleased to be expanding our strong partnership with the ACT Government and we’re looking forward to continuing to deliver on the principles of the circular economy, supporting the local community and our not-for-profit partners across the ACT,” he said.

The aim of the service is to reduce waste, as well as reuse items during a ‘last chance Saturday’s’ initiative.

“Suez is partnering with The Salvation Army and Vinnies to identify items that can be sold through their shopfronts keeping valuable items out of landfill,” Minister Steel said.

“Suez will also provide ‘last chance Saturdays’, where the community is able to rescue items free of charge from Suez’s facility on nominated Saturdays.”

The service is set to cost and estimated $18 million over the next five years and will continue as a free service for concession holders after that.

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