Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, centre, cuts the ribbon today to officially open the new Armidale Community Recycling Centre, flanked by Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray, left, and Northern Inland Regional Waste Chairman Mick Pearce.
Monday, 12 February 2018
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today officially opened the new Armidale and Guyra Community Recycling Centres (CRC), where locals can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free and keep them out of landfill.
The CRCs in Armidale and Guyra have been established by Armidale Regional Council after receiving a $223,240 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“These new recycling facilities will help council and the community keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Mr Marshall said.
“We want to encourage people to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.
“The centre makes it easier than ever before to recycle and complements the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”
Mr Marshall said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.
“The 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,” he said.
“The Armidale CRC is the sixth to open in the region in the last 18 months, following Uralla, Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra and Moree.”
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said the addition of the CRC to the Armidale Waste Management Facility would allow council to work with residents to reduce problem waste stockpiling.
“With the support of the NSW Government our region and the environment will be a cleaner and safer place,” Cr Murray 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 108 Long Swamp Road, Armidale, and is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5pm (no entry after 4.45pm), weekends and public holidays, noon to 5pm (no entry after 4.45pm).
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;
- conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps;
- smoke detectors;
- e-waste and mobile phones; and
- needle sharps.
For more information, please visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm