Search still on for cen­tral re­cy­cling cen­tre site

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

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.

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