Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today joined with representatives from Wollongong City Council to officially open the new Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Whytes Gully Kembla Grange, where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries for free.

Mr Ward said that Wollongong City Council established the CRC after receiving a $190,000 grant 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,” he 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,” Mr Ward said.

Mr Ward said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across New South Wales.

“The New South Wales Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has allocated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the Community Recycling Centre network under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative,” he said.

The Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said that recycling everyday household items such as paints, oils or even fluorescent lights is an essential way to keep them out of our Whytes Gully tip.

“The new Community Recycling Centre will provide residents with an easy way to drop off household wastes and dispose of unwanted materials. We will offer this service to our residents for free,” Mr Bradbery said.

Waste Less, Recycle More is a New South Wales 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 Whyte’s Gully Resource Recovery Park, Reddalls Road, Kembla Grange, open Weekdays: 7.30am – 4.30pm; weekends: 8am – 4pm;

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 the website at: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm.