Building stash for toxic trash
Bid to set up year-round facility for disposing problem waste such as oils, batteries and fluoro lights
ST MARYS residents could have a year-round drop-off centre to dispose of problem rubbish if waste management company Toxfree’s development application is approved.
The proposed Penrith Community Recycling Centre will properly dispose of tricky household items such as motor oils, batteries and smoke detectors, which are not permitted as landfill.
The St Marys facility, which will be funded and supported by the Environment Protection Authority, will save residents from having to drive 40km to Liverpool recycling centre.
The centre will be built on an industrial site at 42-46 Charles St, which is already owned by Toxfree, in the Dunheved Circuit Industrial Estate.
“The Penrith Community Recycling Centre is a dropoff site for problem house- hold waste,” a Penrith Council spokesman said.
“The centre will collect paints, motor oils, cooking, hydraulic and transmission oils, household batteries, car batteries, gas cylinders, smoke detectors and fluorescent lights — all of which can be processed and recycled.
“We are anticipating a reduction in illegal dumping, a decrease in hazardous materials being stored in homes or garages by providing re- sponsible accessible disposal of waste.”
The facility’s industrial location will mean no further impact on the surrounding environment.
The council spokesman dismissed any suggestions the centre would add to St Marys’ reputation as a dumping ground for the region’s waste.
“This is not a new waste facility, it is a new community drop-off component to give residents an opportunity to safely dispose of this type of waste,” he said.
“This centre is a major positive for our region and will provide a free service to all residents, including those from the Blacktown LGA.
“It will provide for convenient and year-round drop-off for residents for their problem household waste.”
More than 40 community recycling centres are already operating all over NSW and more are planned.