- 6,000 households have booked the service since July last year
- Resource recovery rate is 32% above the national average
- Where possible, items are donated to the Salvation Army, Vinnies and similar charities
Bulky waste collections have not been a wasted opportunity for Canberrans since introduced a year ago.
Over 6,000 households have “saved themselves a trip to the tip” since July last year.
Notably, over 1,500 residents have made a booking in Belconnen, where services were only introduced in April.
Now residents in Woden, Weston, Molonglo, the inner-north and the inner-south have access to the service, meaning all Canberra suburbs are now covered under the program.
“We have fast-tracked the rollout so that every Canberra household can dispose of the bulky household items they no longer need, including items that can be rehomed to support local charities,” said Chris Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services.
Under the program, all households are eligible to book one free collection of up to two cubic metres. This caters for a range of items such as furniture, household appliances, white goods and electrical equipment.
“Many collected items find new homes in the community through charity organisations like GIVIT, The Salvation Army and Vinnies,” added Mr Steel.
The service currently enjoys a 42% resource recovery rate – more than quadruple the national rate of 10%
“It means that we’re diverting valuable metals, white goods and other items from going to landfill and giving some items a second life whilst providing a valuable service to the community.”
Chris Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services
The service is very convenient for residents too – they don’t need to even be home for the collection – as long as all bulky waste items are left within the property boundary in an easily accessible from 7am on the collection, everything is sorted.
The service does exclude hazardous items such as batteries and fuel.