7 November 2011

Today marks the start of National Recycling Week, with everyone encouraged to throw less away and recycle more.

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said recycling has many benefits as it turns would-be waste into useful resource and helps us reduce the amount of waste in landfill.

To mark the week the State Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) announced joint funding of $1.1 million for eight new projects to improve packaging recycling in NSW.

"I am pleased to announce Lismore City Council has received $180,000 for its new Glass Extraction and Reprocessing Facility.

"This facility will process broken glass into re-usable material, rather than send it to landfill. The new equipment is expected to recover around 4,500 tonnes of mixed glass for reprocessing, which previously would have ended up in landfill," Mr George said.

The project is a collaboration between Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley Councils and will provide the means to process the glass from across the region onsite.

The equipment crushes, cleans and breaks down the broken glass into material that is graded and safe to re-use in a number ways. The councils’ anticipate using it themselves in roadbase, as well as developing new local markets for it.

“Not all glass can be recycled back into new glass, so it’s important to have a means to reprocess it for reuse in secondary markets, like road base and concrete.

“Better infrastructure in regional areas enables these materials to be reprocessed and reused locally, avoiding the need to transport this material to Sydney or other centres," Mr George said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.