Page 4059 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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In August this year a prototype recycling bin was installed in Garema Place. A sample of recyclable material taken from the prototype recycling bin was assessed and it was found that the capacity to recycle what was deposited in the bin was approximately 95 per cent. Information from this trial of the prototype has been used to inform the final design of the bins and the estimated ongoing cost associated with the trial.

There will be 37 bins—or waste stations, I should say, that comprise a garbage bin and a recycling bin—located across the city centre. The locations will be informed by details of the volume of rubbish and recyclable material collected from existing rubbish bins. The new recycling bins will be stainless steel, consistent with the Canberra central design manual and consistent also with the style of other bins in the city and other street furniture.

The bins will have effective signage. Signage will be easy to read, A3 in size and yellow in colour. The next step is a full rollout of 37 recycling bins. We expect these to be in place by the end of 2011. Following installation of the bins, data will be collected over a six-month period to determine the levels of recyclable material collected from the trial and this will be used to prepare an evaluation report expected in September next year.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: What feedback has there been from the community and business in the city centre about the recycling bin program?

MR CORBELL: The installation of the prototype bin was an opportunity for feedback from the community on the proposal. Comments were sought on the final design and labelling of the bins from members of the public as well as from Canberra Central Business District Ltd and other ACT government agencies. There was a link on the Territory and Municipal Services website to provide for feedback.

TAMS received numerous responses from members of the public, all of whom expressed 100 per cent support for the trial. Specific comments were received from ACT government agencies, and I think also from Ms Le Couteur on behalf of the Greens, about the design and functionality of the bins, but no comments were received on the actual design of the bin from members of the public. All feedback was considered by a small working group from agencies across government and a final design agreed for use in the city centre trial.

As I have mentioned before, the new bins will be stainless steel, consistent with the Canberra central design manual, and the bins will be located next to rubbish bins, on the right-hand side, wherever possible.

DR BOURKE: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, how much waste is being collected as part of this program and what are the key measures of success?

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