ACT begins green waste pilot to boost knowledge

The first green waste bins have begun as part of the ACT government’s green waste bin pilot program.

More than 5,000 homes in Weston Creek and Kambah have agreed to the new green waste kerbside collection service, commencing in the second half of April 2017.

The 240 litre green waste bins cover all household garden vegetation waste and will help divert some of the 5,000 tonnes of garden waste currently going to landfill each year. Waste collected from green bins will be processed, recycled and made available through commercial providers.

Weston Creek and Kambah were chosen to give the ACT Government a good sample size of residents in an established region of Canberra. The ACT Government noted they are mature suburbs with established gardens and are broadly representative of the housing profile of the Territory.

The pilot is aiming to help the Government understand the intricacies of kerbside green waste collection on a larger scale.

It will help inform how many waste trucks would be required for a city-wide rollout, the impact that a city-wide roll-out may have on existing waste facilities, how the Government can deliver the service to multi-unit dwellings, the frequency of pickups and the need for infrastructure to cater for a broader roll-out.

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