The new Tweed Community Recycling Centre (CRC) was officially opened today, allowing householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free.
North East Waste received a $70,250 grant to help Tweed Shire Council establish the new centre under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will greatly assist Council and the NSW Government in their efforts to keep problem wastes out of landfill,” the State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said. “We want to encourage communities to recycle these 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 Provest 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 dedicated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the community recycling centre network under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative,” he said.
Karen Rudkin, CRC Project Officer for North East Waste (NEW) said “the Tweed CRC is part of a network of eight across the region, that NEW has secured funding for. In combination with our Hazardous Waste Stores they will provide residents of the region with a free, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of their household problem wastes.”
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.
Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards establishing the Community Recycling Centre, as well as the facility’s ongoing management. This is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“The Waste Recovery Centre is looking much better and is so easy to use, with great opening hours until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.
“Tweed residents can drop off household quantities – up to 20 litres or 20 kilograms - of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and e-waste such as computers and TVs at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped at the Hazardous Waste Store.”
Cr Milne encouraged community members to “visit the upgraded facility, do some shopping at the tip shop and, for people who are thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door”.
The Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creeks Resource Recovery Centre at Leddays Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm.
The Tweed 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
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm