Next steps on bulky waste rollout

Released 18/12/2019

Canberra is a step closer to the rollout of a bulky waste collection service in mid-2020, with a tender released today for a service provider, following industry engagement on the new service earlier this year.

“The ACT Government is calling for tenders from potential service providers so that we can start delivering more services to our community from July next year,” Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said.

“We’ve rolled out green bins across the city and we’re rolling out bulky waste collection to provide better city services in Canberra.

“This call for tenders is the next step in the introduction of a bulky waste collection service across the ACT, which was a commitment made by ACT Labor during the 2016 election.”

Local industry participation and secure local jobs will be a priority and key evaluation criteria in the selection of the service provider. Greater weighting will be given to tenderers that can demonstrate a commitment of engagement and involvement of local businesses.

The rollout of bulky waste will see each household receive a single collection per year of up to two cubic metres for items including damaged furniture and worn-out household appliances. This is similar to the size of a small box trailer.

Minister Steel said that residents would be able to book collections online, with the exact details of the service to be determined in consultation with the service operator.

Bookings for the service will begin in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin from July 2020, with services rolling out to Belconnen, Molonglo and Hall in 2021-22, Woden and Weston Creek in 2022-23 and the inner north and inner south in 2023-24.

Minister Steel said it was important that accessible bulky waste collection was available to improve to amenity of the city.

“The Government is cracking down on illegal dumping, but at the same time we will also provide an accessible service for households to drop off unwanted bulky items to encourage good behaviour.

“The ACT will go further than many governments across Australia, by providing an extension service to eligible residents who are unable to move the bulky goods from their home to the kerb, including older persons or people with disability.”

For more information on the bulky waste collection service please visit

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