Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today officially opened the new Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Maitland where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries for free.
Maitland City Council established the CRC at its Mt Vincent Road Waste Management Centre supported by an $112,447 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help 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.”
Mr MacDonald said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.
“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has allocated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the Community Recycling Centre network under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.”
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 the Mt Vincent Rd Waste Management Centre, 109 Mt Vincent Road, East Maitland and is open every day 8:15am to 4:00pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
The CRC accepts the following problem wastes for free;
- water-based and oil-based paints
- used motor oils and other oils
- lead-acid and hand-held batteries
- gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
- conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
- smoke detectors
- E-waste and mobile phones
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm