The ACT Government trial green waste service only proposes to collect lawn clippings, small branches, weeds and other garden waste: collectively known as garden organics (GO). This is a missed opportunity. The largest single component by weight in ACT residential waste to landfill is food waste (food organics – FO).
Local councils around Australia are now rolling out food and garden waste collection services. Green bins for garden waste alone is an outdated approach. Collection services for food and garden waste are available in neighbouring Queanbeyan-Palerang Shire Council for residents in Braidwood, Bungendore and Captain’s Flat. They’re also available in other councils around Australia.
We are asking the ACT Government to upgrade the green bin pilot program, to include both food organics and garden organics (FOGO) in the green bin collection service. If you are interested in supporting this call to make the green bins suitable for both food organics and garden organics then please sign the petition.
Further information is available at our blog post Managing our green garden and kitchen organic waste.
The Australian Capital Territory has a good record on taking a leading position on dealing with climate change. To maintain our local leadership and keep up with the science we could do more. We should do this. We have had our existing targets for five years and we are on track and it hasn’t wrecked the economy or cost us a lot. So let’s continue to do our bit — to be part of a local solution to a global problem.
Sign the petition to call for further action to bring us into line with what science suggests is necessary and to maintain the ACT’s leadership on climate change action.
Cat containment benefits our native wildlife and our cats.
Tell the ACT Government you support Canberra becoming the first major Australian city to enforce 24 hour cat containment!
Tell the ACT Government not to weaken our national environmental protection laws!