It was a pleasure as an old Penrith boy to represent local member Stuart Ayres and also the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton to officially open the Penrith Community Recycling Centre.
The centre is the first in Western Sydney and the first in partnership with the private sector and allows residents from Penrith Council areas and neighbouring council areas a year round free service to drop-off problem wastes that should not be put in the kerbside bins.
These wastes include gas bottles, paints, used oils, batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes and smoke detectors, cardboard, expanded polystyrene Styrofoam, mobile phones, TV’s and cardboards.
I took the opportunity to congratulate the Mayor, Council and Penrith community for their leadership and commitment to reducing landfill and increasing recycling.
Penrith has nearly 60% recycling of waste which is a great effort!! The NSW Government supported the establishment and upgrade of this CRC with a $161,850 grant to the Penrith Waste Facility under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
Penrith Community Recycling Centre is now part of a network of 100 Community Recycling Centres being established across NSW thanks to more than $11 million in grants awarded since 2014.
The NSW Government is committed to improving waste management and to increasing recycling in NSW. We have just recently announced an extension of the Waste Less Recycle More program until 2021 with an additional $337 million in grants and funding available.
This includes initiatives such as providing solutions like these recycling centres for problem wastes, investing in infrastructure, helping business recycle and getting food and garden waste out of landfill.
I was pleased to congratulate Penrith Community Recycling Centre on its Waste Less Recycle More funding and in delivering this fantastic service to the community.