If you’ve got old paint, out of date gas bottles or blown light bulbs piling up in the back of the garage, it’s time to take action and visit the Grafton or Maclean Community Recycling Centre. Household quantities of these items as well as batteries, oils and smoke detectors can be dropped off free of charge all year around. Not only is it free for all NSW residents to drop off at their CRC but it also means that most of these items will be recycled ensuring that these precious resources don’t end up as landfill. More than 237 tonnes of unwanted paint and 102 tonnes of old gas bottles have already been recycled through the North Coast’s Community Recycling Centres. The paint ends up as an alternative fuel for use in cement kilns and undamaged gas bottles are retested, restamped and returned into the hire industry. Damaged bottles and paint tins are recycled as scrap metal. Visit your nearest CRC located at: Grafton Regional Landfill, 704 Armidale Road, South Grafton: Open: Mon to Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat 8.30am – 1pm, Sun 10.30am – 1pm. Maclean Waste Transfer & Recycle Centre: Paperbark Drive, Maclean. Open: Mon to Sun 8am – 4.30pm. To find out more contact Council or go to: www.newaste.org.au/crc-online.html where you can also complete the feedback survey and go into the draw to win 1 of 3 $100 DIY vouchers.