Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP together with Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley today officially opened the new Shoalhaven City Council Community Recycling Centre (CRC), where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries at no charge.
The CRC has been established by the Shoalhaven City Council who received a grant of $262,861 from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Gareth Ward 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.”
Gareth Ward 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, Gareth Ward said.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findlay said “This new facility is a testament to our hardworking Waste Services team who have worked long term to get this facility established. This CRC complements the extensive recycling opportunities already available at our Recycling and Waste Depots. These types of problem wastes are commonplace in our community and providing an accessible mode of responsible disposal enables our residents to “do the right thing”. Keeping these types of wastes out of landfill helps to ensure our fragile ecosystems are protected”
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 West Nowra Waste and Recycling Depot is located at 120 Flatrock Road, West Nowra. It is open 7 days a week 8am-5pm.
The new West Nowra CRC, accepts the following problem wastes at no 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, and
- smoke detectors