Free stuff up for grabs

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

It’s free mar­ket eco­nom­ics, but not as you know it.

Porirua’s Trash Palace has be­gun to hold a monthly ‘‘free mar­ket’’, of­fer­ing its ex­cess goods free.

Held on the last Tues­day of the month for three months now, the mar­ket is a way for the re­cy­cling cen­tre to clear a bit of space in its over­flow­ing ware­house, says se­nior re­tail su­per­vi­sor Mar­ion Ton­gariro.

Toys, sheets and home­ware make up most of the mar­ket’s goods, which Ms Ton­gariro de­scribes as, ‘‘ any­thing we can’t use, can’t sell, that we don’t want’’.

‘‘ It’s just re­cy­cling.’’

The mar­kets are more pop­u­lar ev­ery month and most of its wares are gone by lunchtime, she says.

Porirua City Coun­cil-funded Trash Palace di­verts 80 tonnes of waste ev­ery month from neigh­bour­ing Spicer Land­fill.

Thirty tonnes of that is col­lected free by Trash Palace, who of­fer Porirua res­i­dents two free in­or­ganic waste pick­ups a year.

Ev­ery­body else can drop items off free, and 20 tonnes per month is col­lected that way.

The rest is made up from in­dus­trial scrap metal and plas­tic.

Many items Trash Palace re­ceives are sold in its shop, while pro­fes­sional re­cy­clers pick up the scrap.

If waste is not di­verted from the land­fill then it will be full in 10 years.

‘‘We try not to land­fill any­thing,’’ Ms Ton­gariro says.




Go­ing, go­ing, gone: Trash Palace se­nior re­tail su­per­vi­sor Mar­ion Ton­gariro and E-waste lead­ing hand Larry Ta­pu­soa of­fer their ex­cess goods free once a month.

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