Opening of new Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre
A new Community Recycling Centre has been officially opened this week by the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert.
Located at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility in South Windsor, the recycling centre will allow the community to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries, free of charge.
Councillor Calvert welcomed the new centre as an opportunity to continue Council’s successful recycling programs.
“The new recycling centre is a free and permanent drop off point,” the Mayor said.
“This is a significant addition to the recycling options we offer for mattresses, metals, timber, electronic equipment and more. In 2017/18, Council sent over 1,800 tonnes of these materials to recycling.
The Mayor added that the Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre is the fourth centre to open in Western Sydney and the tenth in metropolitan Sydney.
“We want to encourage our community to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment,” Councillor Calvert said.
Hawkesbury City Council established the Community Recycling Centre after receiving a $216,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
Establishing this recycling facility will help to keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping.
“The centre will complement the Hawkesbury’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling,” the Mayor added.
The Community Recycling Centre is part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.
The NSW Government is aiming to improve 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.
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 accepts the following problem wastes free of charge:
- 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.
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