A new push for green waste services in Canberra by the National Council of Women appears unlikely to win support from the ACT government.
Representing a range of women's groups and advocacy organisations, the council called for a fortnightly green waste collection service to be provided in next year's ACT government budget in line with those offered by Queanbeyan City Council for more than a decade.
An online petition has attracted more than 300 signatures, arguing studies in other local government areas have shown that before similar green waste collection services were established, as much as 20 per cent of general waste collection was organic waste materials from gardens.
Petition organiser Juanita Flett said a green waste kerbside collection system would help many Canberra residents, including women, retirees and people with low mobility.
"This has been an ongoing issue, over several years. This year we decided to be a bit more proactive... and get a few signatures together to try and show there were hundreds or thousands of people who think this is important," Ms Flett said.
"Our focus for this is advocating on behalf of the older community in Canberra, particularly women. It's beyond some older people to hire trailers, pack up green waste, get to the tip and unpack. In most cases they have to arrange for someone to do it, or pay a private service."
Ms Flett said the council was approaching other community groups to join their campaign.
The Territory and Municipal Directorate's 2014-15 annual report acknowledged provision of a third bin would add a level of convenience for ACT households, but green waste had been investigated by the ACT government. It said "there would be little or no net benefit as approximately 90 per cent of green waste is already being recycled in the ACT".
Among the problems with providing a third bin were capital costs of bins and collection trucks, ongoing fuel costs, and poor value for money, especially in winter when fewer bins would be full, while household bins can only take certain sizes of green waste material.
"All rate payers would effectively have to pay for the cost, regardless of whether they have gardens, whether they prefer to self-haul, or whether they compost their green waste," the report said.
Last financial year, the government's free green waste disposal drop-off points recovered 227,000 tonnes of garden waste.
Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said the existing system in Canberra was "highly efficient and working well".
"With 90 per cent of organic waste already recycled, there's no need to change the system," he said.
"To change to a system where we did bring in a third bin would require an additional cost and for those households that don't need that, there's a genuine question of if they should have that cost imposed on them."
Mr Rattenbury said a review of all of the ACT government's waste services was under way, to plan for the next generation of required infrastructure.
"I think it is about targeting the right responses. I think there are options out there for people who have poor mobility or other issues," he said.