Taking the waste out of rubbish

A multi-million dollar project to minimise waste in the region and the environment will be officially unveiled next week.

The Great Lakes community is invited to celebrate the opening of the new Community Recycling Centre, on Friday, November 17 at Tuncurry Waste Management Centre.

Regular and casual visitors to the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre know the facility has undergone many major changes.

With a focus on improving recycling and the processing of waste within the Mid Coast region, the $4.5 million face-lift has culminated over the past two years with the master plan concept becoming a reality.

This plan has involved closing the old landfill site, constructing a new transfer station, and creating a community hub designed to assist and encourage local residents to get involved in rethinking waste.

There are five main projects associated with the overall transformation, which include the construction of the Men’s Shed, relocation of the weighbridge, construction of the new waste transfer station and community recycling centre, as well as new directional signage.

We encourage the community and drop by, take a look, and get involved in a variety of social activities and workshops.

John Cavanagh

As a result of its transformation the Tuncurry facility is now more user friendly, providing easy access for all types of vehicles, new sealed roads and a clean and tidy space to easily dispose of waste. 

Add to that a variety of social and community activities that cater for interests ranging from the Men’s Shed, bike repair and maintenance, home composting, and upcycling, and the centre becomes a constant hive of activity.

“The transformation means the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre has been successfully re-purposed, not just to provide better and more effective waste management but as a place people will enjoy visiting,” waste health and regularly services manager, John Cavanagh said.

“We encourage the community and drop by, take a look, and get involved in a variety of social activities and workshops.”

The official opening will take place on Friday, November 17 at 11:30am, to coincide with National Recycling week 13-19 November. Celebrations will include the opening by EPA and MidCoast Council officials and a site tour focusing on the changed operations of the site.

“Local media and community members are encouraged to come along to the opening,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“It marks a significant milestone in the way waste is managed in the MidCoast Council area, especially for the local community, and is a strong indicator of how we are committed to minimising the impact of our waste on the environment.”

These projects have been funded by a combination of NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grants and the former Great Lakes Waste Management Fund.

To find out more about the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre, or to find other waste facilities in the MidCoast region, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waste.

For more National Recycling Week activities, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/events