Recycling centre given green light
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.