Moree’s new recycling plant to take toxic waste out of landfill

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today officially opened the new Moree Plains Shire Community Recycling Centre (CRC), where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free.

The CRC has been established by Moree Plains Shire Council after receiving a $130,227 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

“Establishing this recycling facility will help the council and the community keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Mr Marshall said.

“These facilities have already proven their worth at Inverell, Glen Innes and Uralla –now Moree residents can recycle their dangerous goods without fear for their wallet and the local environment.

Moree Plains Shire Council recycling centre opening

Cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new facility is (L-R) Moree Plains Shire Council’s Deputy Mayor Stephen Ritchie, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, council’s General Manager Lester Rodgers and Cr George Chiu.

“Common household items like batteries can cause serious damage to the environment – damaging soils, contaminating our waterways with toxic elements like nickel and lithium.

“The centre will preserve Moree’s local environment, boost recycling usage and reduce the amount of waste that enters landfill.”

Mr Marshall said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.

“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the community recycling centre network under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative,” Mr Marshall said.

Moree Plains Shire Council General Manager Lester Rodgers said council expected the cutting edge facility to be readily used by the community.

“Moree residents have always been willing to embrace new, smarter ways to manage their waste and I’m sure the Community Recycling Centre will be no exception,” Mr Rodgers said.

“Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to improving recycling and waste services for residents and this upgraded facility provides a year-round, convenient solution for recycling or safely disposing of problem wastes.”

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

The CRC is located at the Moree Waste Facility, 57 Evergreen Road, off Tapscott Road. It is open seven days, 7.15am to 4.15pm.

The accepted items are the nine problem household wastes outlined by the EPA:

  • Paint
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Motor oils
  • Other oils
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fluoro globes and tubes

Moree Plains Shire Council is also providing drop off for the additional waste;

  • Cardboard
  • Polystyrene
  • Mobile phones, TVs and computers

Media Release: August 18, 2017