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Disruption to paint, oil collection at Surf Beach tip

Eurobodalla residents should hold on to waste oils, paints and aerosols rather than taking them to the Surf Beach tip after a fire at a Cleanaway facility impacted recycling services state-wide.

Cleanaway, the company contracted to recycle items from Community Recycling Centres around NSW, has advised it will not collect items such as oils and paints after a fire damaged specialised equipment used to process them.

Eurobodalla Council’s waste services manager Nathan Ladmore urged residents to keep their paints, solvents, aerosols, and other hazardous substances, such as automotive coolant, wax and brake fluid, until services could resume.

“As storage at Surf Beach Waste Management Facility is already reaching capacity we had to make the decision to stop accepting these items until collection resumes,” he said.

“We don’t know how long this will take, however we do know that the NSW Environment Protection Authority has directed Cleanaway to get their services back up and running as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, please don’t put these harmful chemicals down the drain, into the environment, or into your household bins. Please store them safely at home until the Community Recycling Centre is fully operational again or you can take them to the Household Chemical Cleanout later in the year.”

Batteries, cooking oil, motor oil, mobile phones, fluorescent light globes/tubes, empty drumMUSTER chemical drums, and empty gas bottles can still be dropped off at the Community Recycling Centre for free.

For more information on waste and recycling in Eurobodalla go to www.esc.nsw.gov.au/waste