Transport Canberra and City Services

Charity collection bins

Charity bins are generally now in group centres rather than neighbourhood centres to help manage illegal dumping. This followed extensive consultation and a six month trial - resulting in the Code of Practice for the Management of Charity Bins on Public Land.

Commercial and charitable organisations wanting to place a bin in a public place for the collection of customer waste or charitable donations require approval. To apply, please contact the Land Use Unit on 6205 8794.

Charities must also:

  • clearly label their donation bin with the name of their charity
  • include a list of items that can be donated
  • provide information on how the items will be used.


Complaints about charity bins should be directed to the charity service operating the bin.

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