Coun­cil con­sid­ers Trash Palace fu­ture

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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.’’

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