Community Recycling Centre success

08 September 2017 | Council

Some 16088 kilograms of paint, 1904 kilograms of oil and 2162 kilograms of gas bottles have been diverted from landfill at the City of Canada Bay’s Community Recycling Centre in its first year of operation.

The centre, which opened next to Council’s Five Dock depot last November, accepts waste from those living across Sydney with 1,000 City of Canada Bay residents along with about 100 residents from 27 other suburbs recycling more than 16 tonnes of household hazardous waste since the centre opened. 

The Community Recycling Centre provides a free drop-off service for gas bottles, fire extinguishers, paint, oils, fluro globes and tubes, car and household batteries, motor oil 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. They may also pollute waterways and drinking water if sent to normal landfills. 

Problem waste received at the Community Recycling Centre is sent to specialist recycling centres and is reused in a range of ways.

This month, representatives from other Councils and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will tour the facility, which 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. 

“This visit will showcase the success of our Community Recycling Centre, which is a testament to Council’s commitment to reducing hazardous waste from landfill,” City of Canada Bay General Manager Gary Sawyer said. 

“Our Council has been on the forefront when it comes to waste initiatives and was successfully awarded the NSW EPA grant to construct the facility as a result of this commitment.”  

The Community Recycling Centre is located at 15-17 Regatta Road, Five Dock and is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Only household quantities (20L or 20kg maximum container size) will be accepted. Residents are reminded to transport materials carefully. Dangerous goods and items other than those listed above will not be accepted.

What happens to the waste items after they have been dropped off?

  • Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns
  • Lead and acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled
  • Gas cylinders have any remaining gas recovered, and the steel is sent for recycling. Many cylinders are retested and recycled into the hire market
  • Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Tube recycling involves crushing the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. The mercury is then processed for separation by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The glass and metals remaining from the process are also recycled
  • Gas bottles have any residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal• Used oils are processed to become a lubricant or for waste to energy.
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