Com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tre to be built

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Auck­lan­ders had their first glimpse of a new cen­tral Auck­land re­cy­cling cen­tre on Satur­day.

The West­ern Springs re­cy­cling cen­tre will al­low res­i­dents and busi­nesses to drop off un­wanted items such as fur­ni­ture, sports equip­ment, clothes and DIY ma­te­ri­als.

It will be built where two com­mu­nity halls cur­rently sit on 956-990 Great North Rd be­side the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way and op­po­site West­ern Springs park.

Its lo­ca­tion came as a sur­prise to com­mu­nity groups us­ing the site, when it was an­nounced in De­cem­ber last year.

Auck­land Hor­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil pres­i­dent Ol­wyn Ber­tramEl­li­son said at the time that they were shocked to find out they may have to leave their clu­b­rooms.

How­ever Auck­land Coun­cil has now con­firmed the Hor­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil will re­main on site.

One of the two com­mu­nity halls will re­main while the other hall will be con­verted to an ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says the cen­tre will have a strong ed­u­ca­tion fo­cus, sec­ond-hand store, cafe and fa­cil­i­ties to re­pair and re­cy­cle goods.

‘‘It’s not a rub­bish or waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity,’’ Haynes says.

Al­bert-Eden, Waitem­ata and Puke­ta­papa lo­cal boards have been push­ing for a com­mu­nity re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity to ser­vice the Auck­land isth­mus and join with the re­gion’s Re­source Re­cov­ery Net­work.

The Re­source Re­cov­ery Net- work is a core project in Auck­land Coun­cil’s Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan, with a long-term goal to pro­vide com­mu­nity re­cy­cling hubs.

The cen­tres will al­low house­holds and busi­nesses to drop off un­wanted items which will be re­paired, re­fur­bished and sold through a re­tail-style store or dis­man­tled for re­cy­cling and sold into com­mod­ity markets.

A num­ber of sites were in­ves­ti­gated for the re­cy­cling cen­tre in­clud­ing a coun­cil-owned, mixed-use site prop­erty on Nor­manby Rd in Mt Eden.

The Great North Rd fa­cil­ity will be one of two sites within three cen­tral Auck­land lo­cal board ar­eas. A larger in­dus­trial pro­cess­ing site will be in One­hunga.

Auck­land Coun­cil plans to sub­mit its pro­posal for re­source con­sent for the Great North Rd fa­cil­ity in Fe­bru­ary.

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