Cessnock Waste Management Centre turns one
Today marks the one year anniversary since Cessnock City Council opened the redeveloped Cessnock Waste Management Centre and the results so far have been impressive.
The new centre has provided the community with the opportunity to lessen their impact on the local environment by increasing resource recovery opportunities.
The addition of the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) to the site has allowed for 71 tonnes of toxic problem waste, including paints, oils and gas bottles to be diverted from landfill. The CRC has also seen 69 tonnes of electronic waste be sent for reprocessing which has greatly reduced the contamination rates.
Since the centre opened 12 months ago, there has been a resource recovery rate of 36%, which is an increase of 12% from the previous year.
There has also been a 47% increase in recoverable materials being separated at the centre to be sent for recycling which has resulted in close to $200,000 in rebates from the waste levy paid to the NSW Government.
Just last week, the Cessnock Waste Management Centre was recognised with awards by two prominent organisations.
The first saw the centre win a highly commended award in the Institute of Public Works Engineers Association’s Excellence Awards in the Resource Recovery category.
The second saw the centre win the Waste Less Recycle More Waste Minimisation Award in the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said, “I am proud of what the centre has achieved and look forward to seeing even better results in the next 12 months.”
“We are dedicated to taking steps to future proof our services to ensure generations to come benefit and this facility will ensure our community has critical infrastructure to divert material from landfill,” added Cr Pynsent.
For more information about the Cessnock Waste Management Centre, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/wastecentre.