Council considers Trash Palace future
The future of Porirua’s inorganic collections and Trash Palace is being considered by the city council.
A brief discussion was held by councillors at last week’s Te Komiti meeting on the situation since Mana Recovery announced last month it was going into liquidation.
The company, which employs 35 people with mental health needs, had a contract with Porirua City Council to collect inorganic material around the city, and oversaw the Trash Palace recycling operation.
Council chief executive Gary Simpson said a report would be presented to councillors in the coming weeks, outlining the options for Trash Palace’s future.
‘‘If anyone takes on the operation, we would hope they take up the inorganic collection,’’ he said.
‘‘We will want to know this before the end of June, which is the end of the long-term plan process.’’
Councillor Ken Douglas said there was a danger the council would be expected to take over Trash Palace.
‘‘ If government funding dries up, we need to send a message that it does not mean organisations can have access to ratepayers’ money,’’ Douglas said.
‘‘There is no legal responsibility for us to pick up this liability.’’