Woman adding small tree branch to green bin

Storm recovery efforts will now shift to supporting the community to clean up their own properties.

13 December 2023

The ACT Government is delivering additional household green waste collections for severely impacted suburbs as part of clean-up efforts following the storm on Friday 8 December.

Free green waste skip bins will also be available from 14 December at public places for people living in the most impacted suburbs.  

Additional green waste bin collections will take place this Saturday 16 December 2023 for the suburbs that were hardest hit.


Extra green waste bin collection
The additional green waste bin collection on Saturday 16 December 2023 will take place in the following suburbs:

  • Amaroo
  • Charnwood
  • Downer
  • Dunlop
  • Evatt
  • Giralang
  • Kaleen
  • Ngunnawal
  • Nicholls
  • Palmerston.

Residents should put their bin on the kerb ready for collection by 5am on Saturday morning.

While residents are very familiar with what can go in greens bins, it is important to note that:

  • greens bins are only for garden organics, such as leaves, grass clippings and branches 45cm long and with a diameter of 10cm;
  • the lid needs to be able to close; and
  • the bin cannot weigh more than 50kg.

Alternatively, the community can drop off green waste for free in:

  • Symonston – Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, Mugga Lane
  • Belconnen – Canberra Sand and Gravel, Parkwood Road.

Temporary green waste skip bins

Temporary green waste skip bins are also available for people living in the most impacted suburbs. A full list of locations can be found online here.

Further sites are currently being assessed, however if Canberrans feel a skip bin is particularly needed in their local area within an impacted suburb they can call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

The ACT Government will be monitoring these sites and significant fines apply for illegal dumping.

Reporting a job to fix my street 

More than 1,000 requests, with some involving multiple trees or sites, have been received by the ACT Government. More are expected over the coming days. Clean-up crews are working hard to triage and respond to those requests.

Clean-up phasing

While extra resources have been available since the storm, the ACT Government expects the clean-up to continue well into the New Year as the focus shifts to non-urgent jobs.

While some work will continue during the Christmas break, this will be scaled back before crews return in early January.

An update on progress will be provided on Wednesday 20 December. 

Please remember

  • If you see a tree fallen on powerlines call @EvoenergyACT on 131 093. If there are powerlines down, don’t approach them and keep at least 8 metres away.
  • If there’s a tree down on private land, the landowner is responsible for its removal. Please don’t move the tree or branches to the nature strip.
  • If you see a tree down on public land you can log a ticket using www.act.gov.au/fixmystreet.
  • If you see a tree that is unsafe or damaging property, call ACTSES on 132 500.
  • Be storm ready! Stay up to date with @ACTESA and take the time to prepare or update your emergency survival plan at https://esa.act.gov.au/be-emergency-ready.

Need immediate assistance?

Call ACT SES 13 25 00 for storm assistance.

For emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) or TTY 106.

For more information on services available in response to the storm event visit www.act.gov.au.


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