Re­cy­cling cen­tre given green light

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith

A RE­CY­CLING cen­tre will be cre­ated in St Marys for res­i­dents to dis­pose of items such as mo­bile phones, com­put­ers and other house­hold waste for free.

The Pen­rith Com­mu­nity Re­cy­cling Cen­tre, which is due to open early next year, will be only the third in Syd­ney and is aimed at deal­ing with waste not suit­able for kerb­side bins.

Last week Pen­rith Coun­cil gave the pro­ject the green light af­ter re­ceiv­ing a grant of $161,850 from the NSW Gov­ern­ment. It is part of an ini­tia­tive to stim­u­late in­vest­ment in the re­source re­cov­ery in­dus­try.

The money will be given to Toxfree So­lu­tion Ltd, which will match the grant dol­lar for dol­lar and use it to build the cen­tre on its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity on Links Rd.

Toxfree So­lu­tions is al­ready ap­proved by the NSW En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and the NSW En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust to dis­pose of haz­ardous waste.

Res­i­dents will be able to drop off old mo­bile phones, TVs and com­put­ers, mo­tor and cook­ing oils, bat­ter­ies, gas cylin­ders and fire ex­tin­guish­ers for free.

The coun­cil ap­proved the pro­ject af­ter a re­port rec­om­mended by­pass­ing the usual ten­der process.

“A com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tre within the Pen­rith LGA would greatly as­sist res­i­dents to con­ve­niently dis­pose of prob­lem wastes cor­rectly,” the re­port states.

“Cur­rently, res­i­dents would be re­quired to utilise and wait for the an­nual Pen­rith Chem­i­cal CleanOut event or travel over 40km to the Liver­pool CRC.”

The Liver­pool cen­tre opened last year and has pro­cessed more than 11.9 tonnes of card­board, 25.2 tonnes of chem­i­cals, 2.5 tonnes of bat­ter­ies and 767kg of poly­styrene.

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