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Industrial action continues to impact waste, recycling collections

Is your suburb affected this week by industrial action disrupting rubbish and recycling wheelie bin collections? Read on to find out.

Household waste and recycling kerbside collections in more Canberra suburbs will be disrupted from today, Tuesday 17 November, to Friday 20 November. This is due to continuing, protected industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor, Suez.

The disruptions to note are included below. Residents are encouraged to go to www.cityservices.act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for more information on how this may affect their suburb.

If you have a Tuesday waste and/or recycling collection

  • Parts of Tuggeranong and Woden which usually have a Tuesday collection will have their bins collected two days later than usual on Thursday 19 November. Residents are advised to leave their bin/s on the kerb for collection. Waste and/or recycling will be collected according to the current week’s collection calendar.

If you have a Wednesday or Thursday waste and/or recycling collection 

  • Parts of Belconnen and Gungahlin that have a Wednesday collection are advised that their bins will not be collected on Wednesday 18 November and missed collections will not be caught up. You can take your waste to the temporary drop-off sites and your recycling to a Recycling Drop Off Centre.
  • Parts of Belconnen and the Inner North that have a Thursday collection are advised that their bins will not be collected on Thursday 19 November and missed collections will not be caught up. You can take your waste to the temporary drop-off sites and your recycling to a Recycling Drop Off Centre.

If you have a Friday waste and/or recycling collection 

  • Parts of the Inner North and Inner South which usually have a Friday collection may experience some missed collections on Friday 20 November. Please put your bin/s on the kerb for collection. A temporary drop-off site will be available in the area for those who experience a missed collection.

The impacted suburbs of Wednesday’s missed collections are listed below.

  • Amaroo – waste
  • Bonner – waste
  • Casey – waste and recycling
  • Charnwood – waste and recycling
  • Crace – waste
  • Dunlop (north of Ginninderra Drive) – waste and recycling
  • Evatt (north of Clancy Street) – waste and recycling
  • Flynn – waste and recycling
  • Forde – waste
  • Fraser – waste and recycling
  • Hall – waste and recycling
  • Jacka – waste
  • Melba – waste and recycling
  • Moncrieff – waste
  • Ngunnawal – waste
  • Nicholls – waste and recycling
  • Palmerston – waste
  • Spence – waste and recycling
  • Taylor – waste.

The impacted suburbs of Thursday’s missed collections are listed below.

  • Aranda – waste and recycling
  • Belconnen – waste and recycling
  • Bruce – waste and recycling
  • Cook – waste
  • Dunlop (south of Ginninderra Drive) – waste
  • Evatt (south of Clancy Street) – waste and recycling
  • Florey – waste and recycling
  • Giralang – waste and recycling
  • Hawker – waste
  • Higgins – waste
  • Holt – waste
  • Kaleen – waste and recycling
  • Latham – waste
  • Lawson – waste and recycling
  • Lyneham (north of Ginninderra Drive) – waste and recycling
  • Macgregor – waste
  • Macquarie – waste
  • McKellar – waste and recycling
  • Page – waste and recycling
  • Scullin – waste
  • Strathnairn – waste
  • Weetangera – waste.

Green waste bin services, bulky waste collections and the wheeled bin assistance service are not affected and will continue as normal.

The following temporary rubbish only drop-off sites are open until Sunday 29 November for suburbs affected in Belconnen and Gungahlin that normally have their bins collected on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Up to three large plastic bags of household waste (from the general rubbish bin) can be disposed of for free at:

  • Flynn – George Simpson Park, off Sanderson Close (9 am to 6 pm)
  • West Belconnen – West Belconnen Resource Management Centre, off Parkwood Road (9 am to 6 pm)
  • Nicholls – next to Hu Guo Bao En Temple, near the intersection of Kelleway Avenue and Anne Clark Avenue (9 am to 6 pm)
  • McKellar – McKellar Oval, off Bennetts Close (9 am to 6 pm)
  • GiralangGiralang AFL Oval, off Tucana Street (9 am to 6 pm)
  • Mitchell – Mitchell Resource Management Centre, Flemington Road (7.30 am to 5 pm).

A temporary rubbish only drop-off site will be available on Saturday 21 November and Sunday 22 November for any missed collections in the Inner North and Inner South on Friday 20 November. This site will be on Phillip Avenue in Ainslie at the start of the nature reserve, near the old Ainslie Transfer Station.

Temporary drop-off sites in the Tuggeranong area will also remain open until Sunday 22 November.

Maps of the drop-off sites available are on the City Services website at www.cityservices.act.gov.au

Proof of ACT residency such as a driver’s licence will need to be shown in order to access the free drop-off service.

In a statement, the ACT Government said it “understands some residents in impacted suburbs may be unable to travel to the drop‑off locations” and encourages “the community to support their neighbours, friends and family members who may need assistance”.

Recyclable materials can always be dropped off for free at the ACT Government Recycling Drop Off Centres, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the following locations:

  • Jolly Street, Belconnen
  • O’Brien Place, Gungahlin
  • Baillieu Court, Mitchell
  • Botany Street, Phillip
  • Scollay Street, Tuggeranong.

Eligible containers can be taken to ACT Container Deposit Scheme drop‑off locations to receive a 10 cent refund per container. Find your closest drop‑off and which containers are eligible at www.actcds.com.au

The ACT Government said it “acknowledges the impact of ongoing industrial action to the community, and is trying to minimise disruption by ensuring the same group of suburbs does not miss a collection two weeks in a row, even when the industrial action occurs on the same day for two weeks running. The ACT Government urges both parties to reach agreement as quickly as possible”.

For up-to-date information visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au

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