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Over thirty tonnes recycled in one year

13 November 2017 | Environment

“City of Canada Bay’s Community Recycling Centre is celebrating its first birthday this month,” says Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. “The centre has diverted almost thirty-two tonnes of household problem waste from landfill in its first twelve months of operation.”

The centre, which opened next to Council’s Five Dock depot last November, accepts household problem waste from residents of the City of Canada Bay to prevent it being incorrectly sent to landfill. Instead, the waste is sent to specialist recycling centres and is reused in a range of ways. Over 580kgs of household batteries alone passed through the centre, and were sent on to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic were recovered and recycled.

In the last year, over 1,200 residents from the City of Canada Bay brought materials to the centre at 15-17 Regatta Road, Five Dock, which is open Wednesday to Saturday 9am–1pm.

“I’m thrilled to see the community engaging in this recycling opportunity and invite every household to utilise the centre to responsibly dispose of household problem waste.” Mayor Tsirekas said.

The Community Recycling Centre provides a free drop-off service for gas bottles, fire extinguishers, oil and water-based paints, oils, fluorescent globes and tubes, car and household batteries, motor, cooking and other oils and smoke detectors. These items should never be placed in household bins as they put the health and safety of collection workers at risk and may also pollute waterways and drinking water if sent to landfill.

“City of Canada Bay Council has been at the forefront when it comes to waste initiatives,” says Mayor Tsirekas. “As a result of this commitment, Council received a NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to construct the facility, which is already surpassing expectations.”

The centre was established by Council and supported by the NSW Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

Residents are reminded to transport materials carefully. Dangerous goods and items other than those listed above will not be accepted.

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