Problem waste? No problem

AlburyCity has kicked off an education campaign aimed at ensuring ”problem waste" is not a problem at all.

Problem waste – which includes car batteries, oils, paint, fire extinguishers, gas bottles and fluoro lights – contains materials that are hazardous to people and the environment.

When dumped in landfill, these products can cause fires or pollute the air and water.

But the good news is, problem waste can be safely disposed of, free of charge, at the Albury Waste Management Centre’s Community Recycling Centre.

AlburyCity Councillor Henk van de Ven said the safe disposal of hazardous products had a range of benefits.

"Not only is it free to drop these items into designated bins at the Waste Management Centre, but by doing so, people can significantly reduce the likelihood of poisoning to humans and animals, and also eliminate the risks of contaminating our environment,” he said.

”So, if these kinds of items are gathering dust in your garage or shed, simply bring them to the centre off Mudge Street in Lavington and drop them off without charge.”

Another advantage is that the hazardous items will be transported off site for re-use and recycling, easing pressure on our landfill and helping our community towards its aim of halving the amount of waste that is buried by 2020.

”An ongoing social media and marketing campaign will remind our residents of how to safely dispose of this material and we look forward to seeing a safer and healthier environment for us all,” Cr van de Ven said.