Free stuff up for grabs
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.