Reducing waste is an ACT Government priority.

The Government is committed to:

  • reducing the amount of waste generated in the ACT
  • continually improving the way it manages waste, including with efficient waste collection services
  • providing information and advice to the community so we can work together to manage our waste responsibly, including at home, at school and at work.

The government has some of the most ambitious waste reduction and resource recovery targets in Australia. The ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 outlines the strategic direction of the ACT Government on waste issues.

sets targets for improving waste management. These include achieving more than 90% resource recovery by 2025 and a carbon neutral waste sector by 2020.

Who does what?

If you want information on waste collection services, what can be recycled, how to dispose of unusual waste materials, information on transfer stations and waste tours, visit the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) website. TCCS coordinates waste collection and processing services.

If you want information on how you can help reduce waste and recycle more at work or at school, take a look at these these free programs which provide tools, information and great ideas:

Why reduce waste?

There are many reasons to reduce waste.

  1. Preserving precious resources. The planet has limited resources so it makes sense to use what we have wisely. Waste can be a valuable resource. By recycling and reusing we preserve resources for better use and help secure the environment for future generations
  2. Maintaining our beautiful region. By managing our waste well we keep our waterways, forests and grasslands clean and litter free
  3. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and the production and transportation of materials. This helps us combat global climate change. Sending waste to landfill (particularly organic waste) and transporting materials for processing produces greenhouse gas emissions
  4. Reducing costs. Dealing with waste costs us, as taxpayers, a lot of money. Collecting, transporting, sorting and processing waste is expensive. As a community we could better use this money for other services.

Did you know?

  • An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated every year around the world, about 438 kg per person per year (World Bank 2012).
  • In the ACT we generated around 1 million tonnes of waste in 2014–15 (across all waste streams, not just municipal solid waste), which is approximately 2.7 tonnes of waste per person. This is one of the highest per capita waste generation rates of any state or territory in Australia.