Friday, March 1, 2024

Recycling centre first for Parkes

The central west NSW town of Parkes has opened its first Community Recycling Centre, established with the support of a $150,000 grant from the Environmental Trust as part of the EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

The centre will help to dispose of problem waste, with residents and businesses able to drop off paints, oils, gas bottles, fluoro lights, smoke detectors, batteries and other items, free of charge.

NSW EPA’s Director Circular Economy Programs, Kathy Giunta said the Parkes Recycling Centre joins a network of 97 other facilities across NSW that have collected more than 17 thousand tonnes of problem waste.

“We are excited to see another Community Recycling Centre built and ready to go,” Ms Giunta said.

“We know this centre will play an important role in reducing pollution and protecting the beautiful environment of Parkes and its surrounds.

“Most of the items accepted at community recycling centres can be reused or recycled, helping to save water, energy and other resources.

“Lead acid batteries, for example, are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled. Gas bottles are put back into circulation and used oils can be processed to become lubricants

“We’d like to thank Parkes Shire Council for their commitment to reducing waste and keeping our waterways and environment clean – with this centre set to deliver not just now but well into the future.”

Parkes Shire Mayor, Ken Keith OAM, said the new facility offered a permanent, free drop-off solution, that will make problem waste disposal a lot easier for all Parkes Shire residents.

“We are proud to be bringing another environmentally-focused facility to the Shire in our efforts to continue to provide sustainable solutions for the future of our region,” Mayor Keith said.

The EPA has awarded more than $5 million in educational grants and more than $13 million in infrastructure grants to establish Community Recycling Centres across NSW.

The Parkes Community Recycling Centre is located at Parkes Waste Facility at 104 Brolgan Rd, Parkes.

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