Re­cy­cling cen­tre on show

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Auck­lan­ders will get their first glimpse of a new cen­tral Auck­land re­cy­cling cen­tre this week­end.

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.

A com­mu­nity open day will be held at the Great North Rd site on Satur­day from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The Great North Rd re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity is pro­posed to be built on the site of the two round build­ings vis­i­ble at the bot­tom of the im­age.

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