Free drop-off point for paint, batteries and oils at Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre

RESIDENTS can now deposit problem wastes including paints, oils and batteries free-of-charge at a new recycling centre at South Windsor.

Based at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility, the new Community Recycling Centre accepts 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.

Hawkesbury Mayor Barry Calvert said the new centre is a free and permanent drop-off point for the community.

He said the centre will complement the Hawkesbury’s existing recycling services, and help to minimise waste and increase recycling.  

“This is a significant addition to the recycling options we offer for mattresses, metals, timber, electronic equipment and more,” Clr Calvert said.

“In 2017/18, Council sent over 1,800 tonnes of these materials to recycling.”

Hawkesbury City Council established the recycling centre after receiving a $216,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre is the fourth centre of its kind to open in Western Sydney and the tenth in metropolitan Sydney.

The centre is part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.

“We want to encourage our community to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment,” said Clr Calvert.

The Community Recycling Centre is at 1 The Driftway, South Windsor, and is open seven days, from 8am to 4pm (excluding public holidays).