The Mobile Community Recycling Service (MCRS) has taken a significant step addressing problem waste in the Blacktown, Cumberland and Parramatta Local Government Areas by welcoming a second, purpose-built truck to its fleet.
This expansion comes in response to the high demand for the service, which has been providing a unique solution for dealing with problem waste in the region. The MCRS, managed by not-for-profit social enterprise Resource Recovery Australia (RRA), was the first EPA-approved and fully licensed collection service for residential problem waste in NSW.
The service has been in operation for over seven years and has played a pivotal role in ensuring that problem waste items such as batteries, gas bottles, and paint do not end up in regular kerbside bins, where they can pose environmental threats and dangerous hazards like fires.
The service ensures precious, recyclable resources are kept out of landfill. The Battery Stewardship Council states, “Chances are, every battery you’ve ever used is sitting in landfill, leaking toxic materials into the environment, and wasting Earth’s precious resources.”
RRA NSW Manager Steve Glendenning said, “The great news is that recycling these problem wastes and protecting the environment is simple and free for residents with the MCRS.”
“Using the MCRS, residents have helped us to divert over 182 tonnes of waste from landfill for recycling in FY22/23. That’s the equivalent of more than 20 garbage trucks full of waste. This is a welcome relief for the environment and for the local community.”
We are encouraging all residents to take advantage of the free service, which is available for residents of Blacktown City Council, Cumberland City Council and City of Parramatta.
“Residents simply book online at www.problemwaste.com.au and place the items outside but within their boundary the evening before their scheduled service.”
Mr Glendenning says, "We need to be careful with household problem waste, we shouldn’t put them in our bins. We want you to safely get rid of your problem wastes. You can help create a more sustainable future by scheduling a collection today."
· A second, purpose-built hybrid truck
· Diverted over 182 tonnes of waste from landfill for recycling in FY22/23
· Equivalent of more than 20 garbage trucks full of waste
· Free service for residents of Blacktown City Council, Cumberland City Council and City of Parramatta
· Book online at www.problemwaste.com.au
Resource Recovery Australia is a national social enterprise that works in waste management to keep waste out of landfill, create jobs and training opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment, and to engage and connect people in our communities. RRA operates in NSW, QLD and the ACT.
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