Recycling hazardous wastes has been made easier for Moree residents thanks to a brand new Community Recycling Centre (CRC) which was officially opened at the Moree Waste Management Facility on Friday.
The $320,000 project was established by Moree Plains Shire Council, with the help of a $130, 227 grant from the NSW government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was in Moree on Friday to officially open the new facility, which allows residents to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries, for free.
“This is a really important day for waste management in Moree Plains Shire,” Mr Marshall said.
“Facilities like these make it even easier for people to divert some of those toxic waste products from landfill, things that would ordinarily end up in landfill and be contaminents to the environment.
“Things also that have material value, if put into landfill they have no value, in fact they come at a huge cost environmentally, but also every bit of rubbish that we can divert from landfill into a recycling stream actually extends the life of the landfill service, which reduces the cost for council, reduces the cost for ratepayers.
“People can simply drive through, dump off all their recycable items before proceeding to dump the rest of their rubbish to the receival point here.
“The idea is to make these facilities as easy as possible to give as much incentive as possible for people to do the right thing.”
Moree Plains Shire Council general manager Lester Rodgers said council’s main objective is to reduce waste to landfill and reduce the risk of hazardous material contaminating the environment.
“Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to improving recycling and waste services for residents and this upgraded facility provides a year-round, convenient solution for recycling and safely disposing of problem wastes,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to minimise waste and for the community to participate in programs that benefit and improve the quality of the environment for everyone to enjoy.”
The CRC is located at the Moree Waste Management Facility at 57 Evergreen Road and is open seven days from 7.15am to 4.15pm.
The accepted items are the nine problem household wastes outlined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), including paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and other oils, car and household batteries, smoke detectprs and fluoro globes and tubes.
People can also drop-off cardboard, polystyrene and mobile phones, televisions and computers.