Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today officially opened the new Cessnock Community Recycling Centre (CRC), where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free.
The CRC has been established by Cessnock City Council after receiving a $183,260 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Mr MacDonald said.
“We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.
“The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”
“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the Community Recycling Centre network under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative”.
Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said the opening of the CRC is an important milestone for the community and council.
“We are committed to ensuring our community has access to increased opportunities to recycle, the CRC is a wonderful addition to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre and I look forward to seeing it heavily utilised by our residents” Mr Pynsent said.
Waste Less, Recycle More is a NSW Government initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.
The Community Recycling Centre is located at 1967 Old Maitland Road, Cessnock NSW.
The accepted items are the 9 problem household wastes outlined by the EPA:
- Gas bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Motor oils
- Other oils
- Car batteries
- Household batteries
- Smoke detectors
- Fluoro globes and tubes
Cessnock Council is also providing drop off for the additional waste e-waste
and mattresses which compliments the paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal drop off locations on site.
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm