Exceptional response to Council’s E-Waste event

Exceptional response to Council’s E-Waste event

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Penrith City Council thanks the Penrith community for being waste champions following the overwhelming response to its Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day.

The latest E-Waste event was held on Saturday 5 February 2022 at Jamison Park, where more residents than ever before lined up in their cars to hand over their old and unwanted electronic materials.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said it was fantastic to see so many people taking the opportunity to recycle responsibly.

“This event proved a huge success with 1172 attendees – almost 200 more than we had at the last E-Waste Drop-Off Day for 2021,” Cr Hitchen said.

“The impressive turnout saw Council staff collect an assortment of electronic items, enough to fill eight containers with an estimated 50 tonnes of E-Waste, which is an outstanding result for our City.

“Penrith is a leader in waste management and it’s reassuring to know that Council’s drive to protect and preserve our environment is matched by residents who are eager to do the right thing – well done to everyone who came along on the day.”

Held twice yearly, the E-Waste Drop-Off Day gives the Penrith community a chance to dispose of unused electrical items correctly and safely. This process diverts potentially toxic items away from landfill and provides the opportunity for some materials to be salvaged and reused.

The COVID-safe event sees residents stay in their vehicles while the friendly team remove the electronic items from their car boots.

Cr Hitchen said for those who were unable to attend Council’s E-Waste Drop-Off Day, there is still a chance to get rid of problem waste by visiting the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at 96 Dunheved Road, St Marys.

“We encourage the Penrith community to never waste a chance to be great with waste, which is why this facility is free and accessible six days a week,” she said.

The CRC, which opened in 2017, allows residents to throw away items such as paint, car batteries, light bulbs and electronic waste in an environmentally friendly way.

To find out more about opening times and to see a list of acceptable items that can be disposed of at the CRC, visit penrith.city/crc

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 15 February 2022.