Eastlakes Community Recycling Centre


Council is constructing a new Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Floraville Road, Belmont.

This facility will improve access to recycling drop-off services for common problem wastes.

The project is being funded by Council and an NSW Environmental Trust grant.


Eastlakes Community Recycling Centre and upgrades to Council sub-depot

The CRC, to be located at Council’s Belmont North sub-depot at 56-60 Floraville Road, Belmont North, will provide a permanent, free drop-off solution, complementary to existing services, that will make problem waste disposal even easier for residents.

Similar to the CRC at the Awaba Waste Management Facility, the centre will accept problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, fluoro lights, smoke detectors and batteries for free.

As part of the works to construct the new CRC, we will also complete upgrade works to the sub-depot, which acts as a base for the mowing and road maintenance crews who service the east side of the city.

The upgrade will make more efficient use of the site’s existing footprint, reduce dust from the currently unsealed operating and driveway areas, and create safer traffic movements in and out of the site by formalising one-way entry and exit points onto Floraville Road.

It will also improve stormwater management with new drainage and a bio-retention basin to slow and filter runoff from the site.

The Community Recycling Centre and sub-depot upgrade is expected to be complete by early 2025. 

Project benefits

  • Make disposal of problem waste more accessible for the Lake Macquarie community.
  • Better protect our environment and the health of the community.


Mid 2022 - Early 2023
Feasibility and planning complete
Late 2023 Construction commences
Late 2024 - Early 2025 Complete construction, establish Community Recycling Centre operations and officially open


Frequently asked questions

What is a community recycling centre? 

Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are permanent drop-off centres for common household problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste and recycling collection services. Residents can drop off problem wastes at these centres year-round, free of charge.

Why is Council building a CRC?

CRCs are important community assets that Council provides in collaboration with the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s CRC Program, which aims to:

  • provide 90 per cent or more of NSW households with access to a service where they can drop off their problem waste free of charge
  • raise community awareness by engaging householders in good management of resource recovery and disposal options for their problem wastes
  • provide a sustainable solution for the management of household problem waste.

What items are considered household problem waste?

Non-hazardous materials that don’t belong in the general waste bin as they can pollute and create problems if mixed into landfill. Examples include paint, gas bottles, motor oils, other oils, household batteries, smoke detectors, fluoro globes and tubes, car batteries and fire extinguishers.

How much household problem waste will be stored on-site? 

The site will operate in accordance with the NSW EPA’s Community Recycling Centre operating guidelines, which restrict the amount of materials that can be stored on-site at any one time.

EPA's contractor, Cleanaway, will visit the site regularly to collect materials to ensure the site is compliant.

Why was this location chosen for the CRC?

The Floraville Road site was selected as the location for the CRC as it is located in the heart of northeastern Lake Macquarie, provides convenient access for residents to dispose of problem waste and meets the NSW Planning and EPA requirements for the operation of a CRC.

What is the construction period and how will the works impact the community? 

The CRC and sub-depot upgrade is expected to take 12 months to construct and establish for operation.

Construction commenced in October 2023 and completion expected between late 2024 and early 2025. 

There will be some noise and traffic impacts during construction.

No night-time construction work is currently planned and traffic controllers will be in place when needed to ensure the safety of pedestrians, motorists and workers. 

What is the sub-depot used for? 

The depot is used to store plant, machinery and materials for the vegetation and infrastructure maintenance crews responsible for servicing the eastern side of the city.

How much will the project cost and how is it being funded? 

The CRC and sub-depot upgrade is expected to cost about $4 million, which includes $1.3 million in grants from the NSW Government. 

Where will the CRC be located within the sub-depot and what will the hours of operation be? 

The new publicly accessible CRC will occupy about 30 per cent of the overall sub-depot site and will be located on the southeast corner. The CRC hours of operation are yet to be determined.

How will this project improve the site? 

The sub-depot upgrade will:

  • make better use of the site’s existing footprint
  • add a secondary fence and planted hedge along the driveway boundary with neighbouring houses to improve acoustic and visual privacy, and to enhance overall aesthetics for the adjacent homes
  • formalise staff parking areas
  • reduce dust from the currently unsealed operating and driveway areas
  • create safer traffic movements in and out of the site by formalising one-way entry and exit points onto Floraville Road.

The sub-depot will continue to operate as a base for the mowing and road maintenance crews who service the east side of the city.

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56-60 Floraville Road, Belmont North 2280

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