A COMMUNITY recycling centre will be developed at the Liverpool Council operations centre after a $250,000 grant was received from the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
The Rose Street centre, off Hoxton Park Road, will be a permanent resource where residents can drop off unwanted and unused household items which are recyclable but cannot be disposed of in household bins.
Last year the council started the Liverpool Recycles Right campaign to stress the importance of recycling and creating sustainable environments within the community.
The city was recognised as a leader in this field and was identified as the top performing Sydney metropolitan council for its recycling efforts in 2009-2010 and again in 2010-2011.
Once complete, the new Liverpool centre will be used as a model by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to showcase the benefits of such centres to other councils and organisations.
"The grant to establish a Community Recycling Centre is recognition of the huge efforts made by the community and businesses to reduce waste and increase recycling in our city," Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said.
"Once the centre is operational, we hope to see a reduction in illegal dumping in our local government area, and an increase in the diversion of waste that is currently being sent to landfill."
The facility will provide waste disposal options for electronic waste, paint, smoke detectors, gas cylinders and household chemical waste.
The facility should be open by the end of the year and will operate from Monday to Saturday from 8am-3pm.
A consultant has been employed to prepare the design for the centre.
For more information contact 1300 362 170 or visit liverpool.nsw.gov.au.