City of Stirling urges residents to dispose appropriate materials at Balcatta recycling centre after hazardous incidents

The fire at RCB on December 16.
The fire at RCB on December 16.
The fire at RCB on December 16.
The fire at RCB on December 16. The fire at RCB on December 16. The fire at RCB on December 16.

RESIDENTS are urged to only dispose appropriate materials at the City of Stirling’s Recycling Centre in Balcatta (RCB) following two hazardous incidents last month.

The RCB was evacuated after a fire ignited at the transfer station on December 16.

Fires can start across all stages of the waste management chain including collection, transfer, recycling and disposal; especially with materials such as tyres, oils, solvents and batteries.

Another incident occurred on December 19 at the transfer station, where asbestos was dumped.

The offender may now be issued with an infringement.

Asbestos fibres released into the air are a health hazard and the material should only be disposed of in a safe and correct way.

Residents can dispose materials that cannot be placed in general waste or recycling bins including aerosols, batteries, motor oil, paint, household chemicals, pesticides, e-waste and fluorescent lights at the RCB hazardous household waste centre.

The City also has recycling stations for batteries, ink cartridges, mobile phones and lights at Karrinyup, Mirrabooka and Innaloo shopping centres and libraries.

The RCB does not accept any asbestos on site, as the material needs to be taken to Mindarie Regional Council’s facility at Tamala Park.

For more information, visit www.stirling.wa.gov.au/waste and http://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/Waste-Disposal-recycling/Disposal-guide/Problem-waste/Asbestos.

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