Love Easter. Hate Waste.

Released 13/04/2017

The ACT Government is encouraging residents to hop to it this Easter and avoid excess waste.

“Easter is a time for indulging and feasting with friends and family but often comes at a cost to our pockets and environment. We are urging Canberrans to shop wisely to avoid excess food waste and packaging, while disposing of rubbish responsibly.” Robbie Ladbrook, ACT NOWaste Education Team Leader, said.

“Did you know colourful foil wrappers are recyclable? Scrunch them into a ball and pop them in your recycling bin. If you have excess recycling you can drop it off at one of the Recycling Drop Off Centres.

“Canberrans are great recyclers, but there is still a lot of confusion about what should go in the recycling bin and what should not. If you need help with recycling visit the A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide on the TCCS website.”

The following items can go in the recycling bin:

  • foil wrapping – like the sort you get on Easter eggs
  • cardboard packaging  – that your Easter chocolates may come in
  • empty bottles with the lids taken off and cans – from your Easter celebrations
  • plastic containers – no need to rinse, just empty them

These items can’t go in the recycling bin:

  • leftover or unwanted food
  • bubble wrap
  • plastic bags

Residents who have their bins collected on Fridays are reminded that rubbish and recycling collections scheduled for Good Friday (14 March 2017) will occur on Saturday 15 March 2017. Bins need to be out on Saturday by 7 am.

For more information on recycling and garbage collection visit

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