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New recycling centre to help dump city waste

22 May, 2015

New recycling centre to help dump city waste

Residents have an opportunity to help make the city a cleaner, greener place to live, with a new dedicated drive-thru recycling centre now operational at the Chandler transfer station.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new facility would allow residents to recycle more of their waste free of charge before dropping non-recoverable items in the waste pit.

“The centre is located next to the existing transfer station, and will be dedicated to the collection of recoverable materials including metals, white goods, plastics, gas bottles, batteries, mobile phones, electronics, and donations for tip shops,” Cr Quirk said.

“Last year, Brisbane was crowned the Overall Australian Sustainable City at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards, which shows we are making major achievements in our journey towards a cleaner, greener city.

“The opening of the Chandler Resource Recovery Centre is part of our $8 million commitment to build four Resource Recovery Centres at Council’s existing transfer stations by the end of 2015, and is another way we are working to cut down landfill.”

Local Councillor Adrian Schrinner said the new Resource Recovery Centre includes a drive-through area for recycling, making it easier for people to unload their recyclables.

“Recycling will be an even quicker and easier task, because people only dropping off recyclables won’t have to queue to drive over the exit weigh bridge, and people with multiple waste types can lighten their load before it is weighed,” Cr Schrinner said.

“These dedicated, purpose-built venues will make recycling easier and faster by reducing queues, increasing access to facilities, removing recycling costs for residents and reducing processing times.

Resource Recovery Centres at Ferny Grove and Nudgee are also earmarked for completion this year, with construction currently underway at the Ferny Grove site.

A similar centre at Willawong has already been opened, and is used by more than 4000 residents per month resulting in more than 300 tonnes of material being diverted from landfill every month, and the material collected for donation to Council’s tip shops has doubled.

“There has also been a 20 percent increase in the amount of other recyclable materials including scrap steel, aluminium, or cardboard collected at Willawong since the Resource Recovery Centre opened,” Cr Quirk said.

Residents can also download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app onto their iOS or Android devices for information about Council’s waste and resource recovery facilities.

For more information on Resource Recovery Centres, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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