Cessnock Council takes home national award for waste management and resource recovery

Council’s Director of Works and Infrastructure Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Cessnock City Mayor Bob Pynsent, Sustainability Officer Tricia Donnelly and Environment and Waste Services Manager Michael Alexander.

Council’s Director of Works and Infrastructure Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Cessnock City Mayor Bob Pynsent, Sustainability Officer Tricia Donnelly and Environment and Waste Services Manager Michael Alexander.

Cessnock City Council has cleaned up once again at the Tidy Towns Award after being crowned as the national winner of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award last week.

The Cessnock Waste Management Centre (CWMC) secured the award with the category focused on recognising innovation and achievements in recycling or waste reduction including initiatives that conserve resources or recover materials.

Mayor Bob Pynsent said taking home a national award is a reflection of the huge amount of work council and community groups put in.

"We are working tirelessly to provide a better service for our residents, increase opportunities for resource recovery and improve the management of waste," he said.

"The new facility is a huge improvement, in the first six months we saw a 17 per cent increase in recovery of source- separated materials."

"There are many supporters in our community who are also working towards this common goal and we thank you all for your dedication.

"At the NSW awards we took home the top spot and also another six awards for varying work in our community.

"These community initiatives and projects are contributing to ensuring to a brighter future that is a vibrant, sustainable and liveable."

The win comes after Cessnock was named the 2018 NSW Sustainable Communities - Tidiest Town in the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Communities Awards.

Cessnock Council will host the 2019 State Awards.