Sydney fire impacts paint and oil collection at Community Recycling Centre

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) has stopped receiving paint and household oil following a chemical fire at a western Sydney waste depot.


3 May 2022

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) has stopped receiving paint and household oil following a chemical fire at a western Sydney waste depot.

The St Marys Cleanaway facility that caught fire last month is one of the places where Council sends its CRC materials for processing and recycling.

Equipment that processes water and oil-based paint and non-motor oil was severely damaged in the fire and the site is unable to receive these materials until further notice.

The change is immediate and applies to the Merimbula Waste Transfer Station CRC and the mobile CRC that visits other waste facilities in the Bega Valley Shire.

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency is working closely with Cleanaway to find a different option. Until an alternative is found, no paint or household oil can be dropped off for recycling at a Council-owned facility.

People are advised to safely store these materials at home until the CRC is again able to receive them.

Other types of problem waste, such as household batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fluorescent globes and tubes and motor oils are still accepted at the CRC and Mobile CRC.

For more information on Council’s CRCs go to https://begavalley.nsw.gov.au/services/community-recycling-centre

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