Thursday, 28 April 2016 16:59

Joint waste initiative hits the road

Launch of joint Mobile Community Recycling Service between Auburn, Holroyd and Parramatta City Councils. Left to right: Daniel Anderson, Senior Waste Management Officer, Holroyd City Council; Hamish McNulty, Deputy General Manager, Auburn City Council; Andrew Douglas, Business Development Manager RRA; Cllr Greg Cummings, Mayor of Holroyd City Council; Phil Fernando, RRA Problem Waste Operational Staff; Ray Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Western Sydney; Shannon, RRA Problem Waste Operational Staff; and Ian Denker, Deputy General Manager, Auburn City Council. Launch of joint Mobile Community Recycling Service between Auburn, Holroyd and Parramatta City Councils. Left to right: Daniel Anderson, Senior Waste Management Officer, Holroyd City Council; Hamish McNulty, Deputy General Manager, Auburn City Council; Andrew Douglas, Business Development Manager RRA; Cllr Greg Cummings, Mayor of Holroyd City Council; Phil Fernando, RRA Problem Waste Operational Staff; Ray Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Western Sydney; Shannon, RRA Problem Waste Operational Staff; and Ian Denker, Deputy General Manager, Auburn City Council. Holroyd City Council

Three Western Sydney councils came together last week to launch NSW’s first mobile collection service.

Auburn, Holroyd and Parramatta City Councils launched the service which will make it easier and more convenient for residents to dispose of problem wastes.

The free service collects common hazardous items including paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries directly from residents homes and was launched by Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney, Ray Williams MP.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said he was proud to see another joint initiative launched by Western Sydney councils.

“It is great to see councils working together to achieve better, more cost-effective services for their residents,” he said.

Holroyd City Council Mayor Greg Cummings said he was excited to introduce this mobile collection service which will benefit the three communities, by making it easier for householders to properly dispose of problem wastes.

“This is particularly useful for residents who are less mobile and are not able to take their problem waste to a drop-off centre,” Cllr Cummings said.

The mobile recycling service is available to Holroyd, Parramatta and Auburn local government area residents, each week day.

The service will be available through a booking system and will complement the existing Chemical CleanOut program to ensure that these wastes are kept out of landfill.

Not-for-profit social enterprise, Resource Recovery Australia, will run the collection service.

Local MP Mr Williams said this service was made possible through a $300,000 grant to Holroyd City Council under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

This service is one in a network of 100 community recycling centres and services being built and introduced across NSW under an Environmental Trust and NSW Government partnership,” Mr Williams said.

“This free service will be a great asset to Holroyd residents and its project-partner areas of Parramatta and Auburn.

“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $70 million to establish new systems, such as the Community Recycling Network, as part of the government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative,” Mr Williams said.

Waste Less, Recycle More is a waste initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

 

The Mobile Community Recycling Service accepts the following problem wastes for free:

- water-based and oil-based paints

- used motor and cooking oils

- lead-acid and hand-held batteries

- gas cylinders and fire extinguishers

- conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps

- smoke detectors

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