Leave your bins out as the garbage strike roars back

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DIRECTOR of ACT NOWaste Michael Trushell is warning that Friday’s household and recycling services will be disrupted due to planned industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor SUEZ.

“The Transport Workers Union (TWU), representing the drivers, has provided notice that industrial action will take place this Friday 10 June,” Michael said.

“Residents in affected suburbs are requested to leave their bins out on the kerb from Friday through to Monday as missed collections will be picked up over the weekend of Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 June 2016 (and on Monday if required).

The following arrangements will also be in place from Friday 10 June through to Thursday 16 June 2016 for affected residents:

  • excess household waste of up to two large plastic garbage bags can be disposed of for free at both the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres. Proof of address such as driver’s licence will need to be provided to demonstrate the resident is from a suburb whose bins were scheduled for collection on Monday and Tuesday;
  • recyclable materials from can be dropped-off for free at the six regional recycling drop-off centres. Additional collection services will again be scheduled for the centres to help cope with the expected increase in the recyclable material being disposed of by affected residents.

“The ACT Government will keep the community informed of the industrial action including any further impacts to residents and alternative disposal options.

“Contractor SUEZ and the TWU have been engaged in enterprise bargaining negotiations since February 2016.

“The ACT Government encourages both parties to continue bargaining in good faith and reach agreement as quickly as possible to avoid disruption to the community,” Mr Trushell said.

For more information visit tams.act.gov.au or call 13 22 81.

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