Food waste collection service to be rolled out across Canberra if ACT Labor re-elected

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A food waste collection service will be rolled out across Canberra if the ACT Labor Government is re-elected in October, reducing the capital's garbage emissions by a third.
Food waste collection service to be rolled out across Canberra if ACT Labor re-elected

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Canberrans without a kerbside green bin will be issued one, alongside a free compost caddy for their kitchen, if the ACT Labor Government is re-elected in October.

Key points: ACT Labor says a food waste collection service will be rolled out across Canberra if they are re-elected at the upcoming election

Labor says the election commitment would reduce the ACT's waste emissions by 30 per cent

Under the proposal, all Canberrans who don't already have a green bin will be issued one

Food waste makes up more than a third of ACT residential garbage waste which currently goes to landfill.

Under Labor's election promise, Canberrans would be able to place food waste in their existing green bins, along with other garden waste.

ACT City Services Minister and Labor MLA Chris Steel said the new food scraps service would reduce the ACT's waste emissions by 30 per cent.

"Food waste currently goes to landfill where it turns into methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide," he said.

"This will help us to reduce our emissions but it will also be a great service for Canberrans."

Mr Steel said under the proposal a pilot service for about 5,000 households would be run in 2021 before being expanded across the city as a weekly collection in 2023.

"At this stage we haven't determined which suburbs will be chosen [for the pilot]," he said.

"A test site will have to include a range of multi-unit properties, as well as townhouses and single residential…
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