Search still on for central recycling centre site
A site for a centrally located recycling centre is yet to get the green light.
Albert-Eden, Waitemata and Puketapapa local boards are pushing for a community recycling facility to service the Auckland isthmus and join with the region’s Resource Recovery Network.
The network is a core project in Auckland Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, with its long-term goal to provide community recycling hubs.
Centres will allow householders and businesses to drop off unwanted items, such as furniture, sports equipment, clothes and DIY materials.
There they will be repaired, refurbished and sold through a retail-style store or dismantled for recycling and sold into commodity markets.
The three local boards have identified the councilowned, mixed-use site at 27 Normanby Rd, Mt Eden, as their preferred location for a centrally located facility.
But Auckland Council Property Ltd has flagged the site as one to potentially sell due to its high market value, likely to be upwards of $11 million, rather than keeping it on the council’s books.
A decision is yet to be made regarding the use or sale of the Normanby Rd site, council solid waste manager Ian Stupple says.
A number of sites are being investigated for the recycling centre but no decision has been made.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says Normanby Rd remains the board’s preferred option.
‘‘It was always head and shoulders above the rest.
‘‘Many of the buildings would require minimal if any adapting so we could have a resource recovery centre up and running in no time at all, with minimal additional cost.
‘‘I appreciate we all want to keep the council’s debt down but I’m concerned that there’s been so little progress towards filling this gaping hole in the resource recovery network,’’ Haynes says.
Auckland’s first community recycling centre opened in Waiuku in December 2014.
Twelve centres will be developed over the next 10 years across the region including in Panmure/Mt Wellington, Devonport, Waiheke and Helensville.
Each facility will differ depending on the focus of the group or organisation oper- ating the individual centre, Stupple says.
Advocate group Grey Lynn 2030 member Colinda Rowe says a centrally located recycling facility is essential.
She says the group supports the network as a positive step towards reducing waste to landfill.
‘‘The current inorganic collection sends over 1000 tonnes of waste to landfill per year and much of this is reusable or recyclable.
The group hopes to be involved in a central facility.