Community recycling centre to be built
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.