There is a new Community Recycling Centre located in Artarmon and it is a one stop shop for safely disposing of problem household wastes such as paint, gas bottles or motor oil. In other words, problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste or recycling collection services all year round.
It is a free service and the centre is conveniently located at 8 Waltham Street Artarmon.The CRC is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8am-2pm and weekends from 8am-4pm.
The centres are operated by local councils and other organisations, working in partnership with the EPA. Funding for the centres comes from the waste levy, as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative.
Well done Lane Cove Council this is a great initiative.
You do not need to be a local ratepayer to drop off waste at the centre. However, it is not available for businesses to use.
What Can I take to the Community Recycling Centre?
You can drop off the following:
Only household quantities of these materials will be accepted. As a guide, this is a maximum container of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each waste type.
The aim is to recycle or reuse most of the waste that is deposited at the Community Recycling Centre. According to the NSW EPA Website the following takes place:
- Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal paint containers are recycled.
- 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 powder is fed through receiving containers with a filtering process to capture any fugitive mercury emissions. 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 used for waste to energy.
- Fire Extinguishers
- Electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, electronic equipment and small electrical appliances) White goods are not accepted.
- Smoke detectors
- Mobile phones
- X-ray films
For more information call 9936 8100 or visit the EPA Recycling Centre pages.
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