In February 2013, the NSW Government announced the five year $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative in response to the findings of an independent review of the Waste and Environment Levy. The Waste and Environment Levy is legislated under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 which requires licensed waste facilities in NSW to pay a contribution for each tonne of waste received for disposal at the facility.
A major part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative is the Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Fund which supports this contestable grants program.
The Community Recycling Centres Grant Program will assist people to look after their own neighbourhoods and environments through the establishment of a network of Community Recycling Centres (CRC) to make it easier for people to recycle and remove problem waste from their households.
We submitted an application for a grant from the Community Recycling Centres Grants Program and was successful in securing $198,460 to build and operate a CRC at its Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Depot. It is proposed that the CRC will be operational in late 2016.
What materials will be accepted
It is proposed that the following materials will be accepted at the CRC:
- paint (water-based, solvent-based, and other paint types)
- used oils (motor and cooking)
- batteries (including lead-acid batteries and other types of hand held batteries, car and truck)
- domestic gas bottles (typically LPG, can also include fire extinguishers)
- conventional tube type and compact fluorescent lamps, and other types
- smoke detectors
- bulk paper and cardboard
- glass bottles
- metal (including whitegoods whereby 75%of the item is made up of metal)
- recyclable plastic
- plastic drums (as accepted through the drumMuster program)
- silage wrap and baling twine
- e-waste (including computers, monitors, notebooks, printers, fax machines, scanners, desktop sized printers, CD drives, hard drives, televisions, VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables, keyboards, mice, floppy discs, printer cartridges, electronic games/toys, DVD players, stereos, cameras, video cameras, iPods)