WASTE recycling options in Tenterfield have been clarified by Tenterfield Shire Council, with research continuing into additional recycling options and their costs including that of a kerbside recycling service.
The following items, if separated from other waste, can be disposed of for free:
Glass: Council will continue to provide the recycling of glass bottles at the self-haul drop off point into the glass bays behind the shed at the Tenterfield and Drake waste transfer stations. In Tenterfield, bottles can also be deposited behind the swimming pool near Rotary Park in the large commercial bins.
Aluminium: Aluminium cans can be deposited in a large commercial bin near the glass bays at the Tenterfield waste transfer station.
Vehicle batteries: Used lead acid batteries from motor vehicles and the like can be separated and stockpiled for recycling.
Scrap metal: Most scrap metal can be separated and stockpiled for recycling. Waste transfer station staff can advise if a fee is applicable.
Mobile muster: A collection service has started at the council chambers and the Tenterfield Library for old mobile phones.
Farm chemical containers: Containers marked with the drumMUSTER logo, empty and triple-rinsed, can be left at Tenterfield waste transfer station drumMUSTER secure cage.
Motor vehicle oils: Oils may be disposed of at Tenterfield waste transfer station for recycling as there is a purpose-built facility available. Note only used motor oil will be accepted.
Cardboard: Investigations into the short-term option for recycling cardboard are continuing, but in the meantime, separated cardboard can be left in the designated bins at the waste transfer stations. Garden waste can be left at the waste transfer stations for a fee. A one-tonne ute load, for example, costs $7.50.
The Annual Chemical Clean Out program for getting rid of old and left over chemicals is hitting Tenterfield waste transfer station next Wednesday, August 15 between 9am and 4pm. The first 20 litres or 20 kilograms is free.
Chemicals which can be left include:
B paint and paint-related products
B solvents, acids and alkalis
B household cleaners
B fire extinguishers
B pool and hobby chemicals
B smoke alarms and fluorescent light tubes
B motor oils and fluids.
The council is also offering tips to help residents reduce waste:
B think about packaging when you purchase products;
B compost green waste, food scraps and newspaper;
B reuse containers and building materials where possible;
B give toys, furniture and clothes to charity (clean first);
B bring a cloth bag to the shops;
B use containers instead of plastic wrap.