NEW TWEED RECYCLING CENTRE FOR HOUSEHOLD PAINTS, OILS, GAS BOTTLES AND BATTERIES

Tweed Community Recycling Centre is now open for householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.

North East Waste received a $70,250 grant under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help Tweed Shire Council establish the new centre.

“Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill,” Mr 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.”

Environment Minister Mark Speakman 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,” Mr Speakman said.

North East Waste (NEW) Community Recycling Centre Project Officer Karen Rudkin said the Tweed Community Recycling Centre was 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,” she said.

Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards establishing the Community Recycling Centre, as well as the ongoing management of the facility. This is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“The Resource 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,” Tweed Shire Council Mayor Katie Milne said.

Tweed residents can drop off household quantities (20 litres or 20 kilograms maximum) of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and also e-waste at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped off free 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 thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door.

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 Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre at Ledday’s Creek Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm.

The Tweed community recycling centre 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
  • smoke detectors

 For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm