Cessnock council winner at environment awards
Cessnock City Council has received two awards at last week’s Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Awards.
The new waste transfer station at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) was named the overall winner in the Resource Recovery category.
Data from the first nine months of its operation indicated an increase of 690 tonnes of materials separated from landfill, or around 40 per cent. It resulted in $280,000 in annual savings from the NSW Government’s Waste Levy, and $400,000 worth of landfill space.
“We are committed to minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill [and] in the last couple of years the changes we have made have achieved these results,” Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said.
“The introduction of the Garden Organics Kerbside collection service and the opening the CWMC complement the existing kerbside recycling service.
“These changes are all delivering a more sustainable and environmentally responsible approach to waste management.”
Council’s illegal dumping campaign Better not mess with Cessnock won the Behaviour Change in Waste award. It is the second award the campaign has received, after being highly commended at the RH Dougherty awards in August.