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WAGGA BATTERY RECYCLING PLANT A BOON FOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT

Battery recycling plant a boon for NSW economy and environment

Media Release - 18 November 2010

The establishment of a new battery recycling plant will be of huge benefit to both the NSW environment and economy says Clean Up Australia Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO.

The plant, valued at AU$55 million, was opened yesterday at the Bowen Business Park in Wagga Wagga in central NSW by the Attorney General,
John Hatzistergos.

Designed to recycle an average of 85,000 used lead acid batteries a day, the plant is expected to produce 25,000 tonnes of lead, 3,000 tonnes of broken lastic and 7,000 tonnes of sodium sulphate per year. The plant is also expected to employ 55 people.

“Car batteries are a hazardous waste. Without infrastructure like this new recycling plant, used lead acid batteries could end up contaminating other
recycling or leaching toxic lead when they end up in landfill,” said Mr Kiernan.

“Australians must be aware that they can’t just throw away their used car, boat and truck batteries. Collection points for used batteries are available at any landfills, transfer stations, service stations and automotive workshops.”

-ENDS-

For more information contact Alex Serpo. 

alex@cleanup.org.au , 02 8197 3407.

 

 
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