19 June 2020

New garbage and recycling contract commences tomorrow

| My Gungahlin
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Seven Canberra suburbs will have changes to their garbage and recycling collection days under a new residential collection contract which commences tomorrow, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“SITA takes over the regular collection of garbage and recycling bins from houses and apartments from Tuesday the 29th of October under a contract that runs for the next ten years,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“The vast majority of suburbs have no change in collection days but Harrison, Franklin, Isaacs, Garran, O’Malley, Phillip and Swinger Hill will each have new collection days. A new recycling and waste collection calendar, along with a special advisory notice to residents, has been delivered to households in these suburbs, as well as signage placed at each suburb entrance.

“Garran, Isaacs, O’Malley, Phillip and Swinger Hill will be collected on Tuesdays and Franklin and Harrison will be collected on Fridays.

“Under the new contract, SITA’s 33 collection vehicles will run on B20 (soy) alternate bio-diesel fuel and will comply with Euro 5 emission regulations.

“We have also worked with SITA to design colourful educational messages that will be displayed on the new recycling and waste collection trucks which show what can be recycled, the environmental benefits of recycling and reminders not to put recycling in plastic bags. The trucks will, in effect, be driving billboards which promote recycling and encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly and sustainably.”

Mr Rattenbury said that SITA is a reputable company with over 40 years of experience in waste management. They currently provide services to more than 56,000 commercial and industrial customers and more than 3.7 million residents each week across Australia.

SITA currently holds contracts with the City of Brisbane, Penrith City Council, Campbelltown City Council and the St George Region of Councils in southern Sydney.

Mr Rattenbury said that, under this contract, any new waste bins issued will now align with the Australian Standard of being green with a red lid (rather than the current fully green waste bins).

For more details on recycling and waste collection arrangements, please visit http://www.tams.act.gov.au/

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