Blue Mountains City Council has opened a new community recycling centre in Blaxland, with households and residents now able to dispose of wastes such as paint, oil and batteries for free.
The centre has been supported by the NSW Government, with the council receiving a grant of $83,875 for the centre.
The grant was a part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. The centre is now the second of its kind in the region, with another already operational in Katoomba.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said the centre will provide an incentive for residents in the area to recycle.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help keep problem wastes out of landfill and improve recycling rates,” Greenhill said.
“We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help ensure safe and environmentally responsible disposal.”
The centre is part of a network of over 100 facilities across New South Wales.
The Blaxland community recycling centre accepts the following problem wastes for free: water-based and oil-based paints, used motor oils and other oils, lead-acid and hand-held batteries, gas cylinders and fire extinguishers, conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps and smoke detectors.