BATHURST Regional Council says it has closed the Waste Management Centre to the public because disposing of waste is not considered a reasonable excuse to leave home.
The centre is one of a number of council facilities - including the information centre, museums and library - that have been closed due to the regional NSW COVID lockdown.
A reader contacted the Western Advocate to ask why the Bathurst Waste Management Centre was closed when the equivalent Orange centre was still open and when many residents would be doing a spring clean-up in the garden.
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Bathurst's waste management co-ordinator Raymond Trevorah said Orange's centre might be remaining open to the public, but it was worth noting "Parkes, Dubbo and several other council landfills are closed to the public in line with current stay at home orders".
He said the Bathurst Waste Management Centre remains open for essential commercial waste and the household kerbside collection service continues as usual.
"Rural residents without access to a nearby rural transfer station may access the Waste Management Centre and will need to provide proof of address," he said.