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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 302..


Litter bins

(Question No 21)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to litter bins in public areas:

(1) What is the Government's policy on the provision of litter bins for:

(a) parks;

(b) bus stops; and

(c) other public places.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

Litter bins are provided:

(a) In high-use public parks where the number of visitors involved exacerbates problems with litter;

(b) At a range of bus stops where commuters are most probably not in a position to take their litter home;

(c) In other public places with high numbers of visitors such as shopping centres, or where specific problem sites become apparent.

In relation to litter removal generally, in urban as well as national parks, it has long been accepted that people using neighbourhood parks and other public places are responsible for the collection and disposal of their own litter, including dog faeces. In most instances, this means that people would take their litter home for either composting or hygienic disposal in their wheeled bins.


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