Community recycling centres in New South Wales have temporarily ceased receiving paint and household oils, following a chemical fire at a Sydney waste facility.

The facility, which receives and processes the majority of New South Wales Councils’ paints and household oils, experienced severe damage to the equipment which processes these materials.

The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority (NSW EPA) is working to address the impacts of the fire and determine an alternative solution for collection of these materials. 

The community recycling centre located at Central Coast Council’s Buttonderry Waste Management Facility in Jilliby has been affected.

Until a solution is found, no paint or household oils (excluding motor oils) can be dropped off for recycling at Buttonderry Waste Management Facility due to licensing restrictions on chemical storage. 

People are advised to safely store these materials at home until Council is able to receive them again, however during this time, other types of problem waste are still being accepted at Council’s waste management facilities located at Jilliby and Woy Woy.

Lake Macquarie Community Recycling Centre (CRC) has also been temporarily impacted.

Customers are asked to safely store their paint, oils and aerosols until the CRC can return to normal operations.


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