Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today officially opened the new Scone Community Recycling Centre (CRC), where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free.
Mr Johnsen said the CRC has been established by Upper Hunter Shire Council with support from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government and our local Upper Hunter Shire Council keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Mr Johnsen said.
“We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.
“The centre will complement our community’s existing recycling services, minimising waste and increasing recycling.”
Mr Johnsen said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.
“I am proud to be a Member of a Government that 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,” Mr Johnsen said.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood thanked the NSW Government for the funding.
“The CRC will make it so much easier for Upper Hunter residents to do the right thing, keeping our environment healthier and increasing recycling, which saves us all money while doing what’s best for all of us,” Cr Bedggood said.
“I have some old batteries, paints and motor oils in the shed, that I will be bringing in next week.” Mayor Bedggood 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 Nobler Road, Scone.
It is open Monday – Friday: 8am -5pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm.
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
- compact fluorescent light globes and tubes
- smoke detectors
- TVs, computers and mobile phones
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm