Build­ing stash for toxic trash

Bid to set up year-round fa­cil­ity for dis­pos­ing prob­lem waste such as oils, bat­ter­ies and flu­oro lights

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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