Grant funding makes problem waste stress free

05 June 2014

AlburyCity has welcomed a $213,000 State Government grant to help residents dispose of problem waste including oils, paints, fluorescent light globes and batteries.

The funds will be used to construct a household drop off facility at the Albury Waste Management Centre and create a designated zone to dispose of problem waste. It’s envisaged that the facility will become a regional hub servicing neighbouring Councils which do not offer a service to recycle problem waste.

The funding will also be used to develop educational resources that will inform residents about the impacts of placing dangerous wastes in their household bins.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the funding would help prevent problem materials from finding their way into the residential waste stream.

“Household items such as paints, oils and batteries are difficult to dispose and we can’t just throw them in the bin,” he said. “There is still a significant amount of paint, oil and batteries entering landfill and contaminating the kerbside residual bin which this funding will help us prevent.”

“With this funding we’ll be able to establish a location in the Waste Management Centre dedicated solely to disposing of problems materials.”

“This will be part of the first stage of an upgrade to the Albury Waste Management Centre which will feature a community recycling centre. The new centre will allow for systematic recycling of household hazardous wastes along with recyclable items for the region’s growing population.”

“We’re grateful to the State Government for this much needed funding which will help local residents and the environment.”

Every year AlburyCity receives:

  • 26.6 tonnes of paint
  • 18 tonnes of oil
  • 15 tonnes household batteries
  • 11 tonnes gas bottles