Community recycling now open in Berrigan

By Southern Riverina News

Recycling for ‘‘problem wastes’’ will now be easier for Berrigan Shire residents with the recent opening of a Community Recycling Centre.

The new centre — located on Greenhills Rd in Berrigan — allows residents to safely dispose of items such as paint, oil, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries for free.

Berrigan Shire Councillor John Bruce said the recycling centre creates a better solution for waste that is usually difficult to dispose of.

‘‘Establishing this facility will help keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.

‘‘The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.’’

New centres will also be available at Blighty, Corowa and Moama and are part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.

‘‘All facilities have been provided with additional ongoing funding support from the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority until 2020 to allow for scheduled pick-up of the collected problem waste material by the Toxfree company to ensure the collected material is disposed in a sustainable, legal and pollution free processes,’’ Cr Bruce said.

‘‘I commend the New South Wales EPA for their foresight to fund the establishment of these facilities with New South Wales Environmental Trust Funds.’’

RAMROC Murray Waste Group established the four community recycling centres supported by a $153,480 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The Berrigan Community Recycling Centre is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 1.30pm to 4pm and Sundays from 12.30pm to 4pm.