We're committed to delivering a food waste collection service

August 10, 2020

You asked. We've answered.

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will establish a food waste collection service. Canberrans will be able to place food waste in their existing green bins.

This will create hundreds of new jobs and help Canberrans take further action on climate change.

More than 37 per cent of ACT residential garbage bin contents are food waste. This goes to landfill and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. By managing food waste through a new system, a re-elected ACT Labor Government will reduce the ACT’s emissions from the waste sector by approximately 30 per cent.

To roll out this new service effectively, we will pilot the collection service in 2021 before a full city-wide scheme is put in place. This will include a mix of households including apartments and townhouses.

By the end of 2023, we will expand to a universal green bin scheme for Canberra. Kitchen caddies and compostable liners will be provided to all homes. Apartment complexes will also be part of the scheme and we will work with body corporates on the best way to include them through the pilot.

We will also fund the construction of a new large scale in-vessel processing facility to turn Canberra’s food and garden waste into valuable compost.

This is a further important response to climate change which will support the reduction in emissions without putting financial pressure on Canberra households.

This program will help us create up to 200 new jobs across collection, construction and ongoing delivery.