It’s not all rubbish at the Scone Waste Management Centre, there is now also recycled, pre-loved and second hand goods available at rock bottom prices.
Upper Hunter Shire Council has recently opened the Quality Shoppe, where residents can browse and buy crockery, books, CDs, camping gear, furniture and more.
The Quality Shoppe has even joined the Garage Sale Trail to be held Saturday 22 October 2016. Aberdeen Men’s Shed are also in the Garage Sale Trail and other Upper Hunter residents, families and groups are encouraged to join in, selling or buying, reusing and recycling. For more information about this NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au
The Quality Shoppe is just one of the sustainability initiatives now offered at Upper Hunter Shire Waste Depots.
Recycling at the depots
Residents can drop off domestic amounts of e-waste, batteries, and recyclables at waste depots in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone.
The new drop-off system will allow residents to drop off e-waste when convenient and not have to wait for kerbside collections. While there are costs to Council to provide and run the free e-waste service, correctly disposing of e-waste is good for human health and the environment.
Recycling means that useful material is collected, diverted from landfill and reduces the need to mine more natural resources. Correctly disposing of e-waste ensures that hazardous materials including lead, bromine, mercury and zinc do not leach out from landfills into waterways.
Over the next week there will be some traffic delays at Scone Waste Depot as roadworks are undertaken as part of the development of recycling facilities. During the works vehicles will be directed to alternate drop off points by staff. Customers are asked to please follow signage and directions when using the landfill.
E-waste that is accepted:
Home office and entertainment equipment: Televisions, computers, monitors (without broken screens), laptops, printers, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players and video recorders, computer peripherals such as joysticks, electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes (videos, cassettes) and cameras, mobile phones and landlines.
Household appliances and tools: Small household appliances including vacuum cleaners, microwaves, stereos, and pedestal fans, power tools such drills, circular saws and power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers and electric leaf blowers.
Items that are NOT accepted:
Gas powered items, whitegoods including fridges and washing machines, hazardous waste such as chemicals, paints and pesticides, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, fluorescent tubes and energy saving light globes (CFLs).
Note: some of these items can be disposed of at the waste depots for a fee. Hazardous waste can be disposed of during the annual Hazardous Chemical CleanOut 9.00am to 3.30pm Saturday 27 November at Wilson Memorial Park, Mayne St, Murrurundi.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.