Newcastle City Council is seeking reimbursement from the state government, after paying $3.7-million to dispose of contaminated waste from Watt Street’s reconstruction.
Small traces of coal tar and asbestos were found within more than 27,000 tonnes of waste.
“We’re desperate to recycle but we know that this waste is contaminated is contaminated waste and therefore we have no choice but to treat it at the Summerhill Waste Management Facility.”
Council says Watt Street’s transformation was fast-tracked due to the Supercars.
CEO Jeremy Bath has written to the Environment Minister seeking an exemption from the waste fees.
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