MLC Shayne Mallard and Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne today launched Leichhardt Council’s upgraded community recycling centre for residents to drop off paints, oils, gas bottles, batteries and other household problem wastes.
Mr Mallard said upgrade was made possible through a $193,000 grant to the council under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
"This service is one in a network of 100 community recycling centres and services being built and introduced across NSW under an Environmental Trust and NSW Government partnership,” Mr Mallard said.
“This new facility will be a great asset to Leichhardt residents who can now freely dispose of household problem waste that should not go in any of the kerbside bins.”
The recycling centre complements the existing Chemical CleanOut program to ensure that these wastes are kept out of landfill.
“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $70 million to establish new systems, such as the community recycling network, as part of the government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative,” Mr Mallard said.
Waste Less, Recycle More is a waste initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.
Mr Byrne welcomed the new centre’s opening, saying it presented a 21st Century recycling solution for residents.
“Leichhardt Council and community are well known for our commitment to the environment,” Mr Byrne said.
“I am sure our residents will embrace this fantastic new facility and the opportunity it offers to increase our already impressive level of recycling.”
The centre, located at the Leichardt’s weekend transfer station on Moore Street, is open to Leichhardt residents.
It is open Saturday and Sunday between 7:45-11:30am and 1-3:45pm.
It accepts the following problem wastes for free:
- water-based and oil-based paints
- used motor and cooking oils
- lead-acid and hand-held batteries
- gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
- conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
- smoke detectors
More information about Waste Less Recycle More is available at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm