Resource Recovery Centre installs polystyrene compactor

9 October, 2012Posted in: Environment

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) is now accepting polystyrene free of charge thanks to a $50,000 grant from the NSW Government which has enabled Council to purchase a polystyrene recycling machine.

The purpose built machine compacts the bulky packaging material at a rate of 40:1 at which it can then be economically transported.

“Polystyrene is used across a wide range of industries,” said Council’s Resource Recovery Centre Coordinator, Andrew Murdoch. “It’s particularly common in packaging.”

“With our new polystyrene compactor we can crush the product and transport it to a facility where it can be recycled to be used in a range of products including roofing tiles, pot plants and coat hangers.

“Most importantly, by compacting and recycling the product we’re diverting polystyrene from precious landfill,” Mr Murdoch said.

Wingecarribee Shire Council was one of 19 recipients announced by the Hon Pru Goward MP, Member for Goulburn and Robyn Parker, Minister for Environment and Heritage on behalf of the grants program which was jointly funded by the NSW State Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) marked with the number 6 within the recycling standards symbol triangle can now be dropped off free of charge at the Resource Recovery Centre.

For further information contact Council’s Resource Recovery Centre on phone 4868 0555.

The Resource Recovery Centre is located on Berrima Road, Moss Vale.