The charmer of St Marys

Find out why Villiame Tamadra is known as the ‘charmer of St Marys’ by staff and visitors of the Penrith Community Recycling Centre.

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July 22, 2020

Highlights

“It’s important to teach kids about waste education at school, so that proper waste disposal becomes a lifelong habit.”

Highlights

“It’s important to teach kids about waste education at school, so that proper waste disposal becomes a lifelong habit.”

Villiame Tamadra has been working at the Penrith Community Recycling Centre (CRC) in St Marys for over 12 months and in that time has earned a reputation for being the ‘charmer of St Marys.’

Villi, as he is known, goes out of his way to help visitors unload their vehicles and even takes the time to show them how to check if the items being dropped off are accepted at the CRC. Everyone is welcomed with a friendly smile, but he reserves the biggest smiles for his regulars.

Villi is a firm believer in educating the community on correct recycling of hazardous waste such as e-waste, chemicals and paint. “Labelling is important. Show people what to look at and make sure they understand what the different symbols mean,” he said.

“People also need to know why they can’t mix chemicals or why they have to bring them in different containers. It’s important to teach kids about waste education at school, so that proper waste disposal becomes a lifelong habit.”

Villi takes great pride in ensuring that the CRC is always clean and tidy and he always seems to know where everything is! He can often be seen lending a hand to those working on site, moving empty boxes to the bin or in the forklift unload trucks.

The Penrith Community Recycling Centre at St Marys provides the community with a free and convenient way to dispose of potentially hazardous household waste. The CRC is operated by Cleanaway with the support of our St Marys Liquid Waste Services facility nearby. To further support the community doing household clean ups during the recent stay-at-home restrictions, we extended our collections to accept metals, clothes and other everyday household items.

Visit this link to find out more about the CRC. For more information about Cleanaway’s household and commercial hazardous waste services visit our website.

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