Opposition Calls For Fortnightly Bin Collection


The Opposition will today call on the government to keep fortnightly bin collections in Canberra, in addition to the Food Organics and Garden Organics collection.

Canberrans have expressed their anger at once a fortnight collections, with some saying their bins now overflow on bin day.

Shadow City Services Minister Nicole Lawder says it’s simply not good enough.

“Canberrans pay some of the highest rates in Australia, yet Labor and the Greens are reducing bin collections to once a fortnight.

“People living with a disability, Canberrans with infants and big families will be hugely disadvantaged by bins only being collected fortnightly.

“It isn’t safe for residents to be stockpiling things such as medical waste and the government shouldn’t be forcing this problem onto vulnerable Canberrans.

“This isn’t about improving service delivery, it’s a cheap cost saving measure. If the Labor-Greens Government is genuine about improving the FOGO scheme, it should be open to making necessary changes.

“Canberrans are natural recyclers. That’s why we’re calling for an opt-out arrangement, so that residents can continue to have weekly rubbish collection unless they choose not to.

“The Labor-Greens Government has taken a lazy approach to FOGO pilot. Canberrans deserve better and at the very least, they deserve to know that their rubbish will be collected,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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