New Community Recycling Centre opens in Blaxland
The new Blaxland Community Recycling Centre (CRC) has officially opened, where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, fluoro lights, smoke detectors and batteries for free.
The CRC has been established by the Blue Mountains City Council who received a grant of $83,875 from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. This is the second CRC for the region. The Blaxland CRC expands the service which is already offered in Katoomba, making access to problem waste disposal easier and more convenient.
Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said establishing this recycling facility will help keep problem wastes out of landfill and improve recycling rates.
“We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help ensure safe and environmentally responsible disposal,” Cr Greenhill said.
“Much of the problem waste dropped off at a CRC can be recycled. If this isn’t possible, it is properly treated before safe disposal.
“The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”
EPA Director Circular Economy Kathy Giunta said the Blaxland facility is part of a network of more than 100 facilities being established across NSW.
“Most of the items accepted at Community Recycling Centres can be reused or recycled. That also helps us save water, energy and other resources,” Ms Giunta said.
“If any of the problem waste dropped off at a CRC can’t be recycled it is properly treated before safe disposal.”
The Blaxland CRC is located at Blaxland Waste Management Facility, Attunga Road, Blaxland. It is open 7 days a week.
The Blaxland 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 and
- smoke detectors
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm