Site safety a top priority

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents attending the Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) to follow the site rules to stay safe during their visit.

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents attending the Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) to follow the site rules to stay safe during their visit.  

Council designed the CWMC with safety in mind separating the heavy machinery from customer traffic flow and pedestrian activity.

These upgrades have improved safety but there are still rules customers need to follow to make sure everyone on the site remains safe.  

Council’s Environment and Waste Services Manager, Michael Alexander said it’s as simple as making the right footwear choice.  

“One of the things we’ve noticed is a lot of people wearing shoes that expose their feet or are thinly soled like thongs. Wearing closed in shoes will reduce the likelihood of injury caused by stepping on a sharp item or dropping something.”  

“Children and pets should stay inside the car. There’s always a lot happening at an active waste site and visitors need to be aware at all times. Children and pets don’t have the same level of awareness as adults and should remain safely inside the car.”  

The other safety rules that customers need to follow at the CWMC include:

  • Sticking to the 10km/h speed limit
  • No smoking on site  

Council also encourages residents to pop on some gloves to reduce the risk of getting a cut or blisters and would like to see people using correct lifting techniques when disposing heavy items. To find out more about how to make a safe visit to the CWMC visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/wastecentre.