Char­ity’s 240-litre help­ing hands

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Eight 240-litre wheelie bins have been set up in busi­nesses around Porirua to sup­port the work of char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance.

The bins were do­nated by Porirua City Coun­cil and dis­trib­uted to busi­nesses this year. They are be­ing used as drop-off points for dona­tions for the Tawa-based char­ity.

Phil Davies, chair­man of Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance’s char­i­ta­ble trust, said the sup­port had en­abled the char­ity to col­lect and dis­trib­ute more qual­ity new and used goods to fam­i­lies in need around the area.

‘‘We op­er­ate on a shoe­string bud­get, so any sup­port that al­lows us to in­crease our ca­pac­ity with­out in­creas­ing our ex­penses is good for us and the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions we sup­port,’’ Davies said.

The bins have en­abled the or­gan­i­sa­tion to keep op­er­a­tion costs rel­a­tively low. Sup­port­ing busi­nesses can col­lect more goods but with less fre­quent col­lec­tions.

‘‘We are grate­ful for the sup­port from the coun­cil in pro­vid­ing th­ese bins, as it makes col­lec­tion far eas­ier for our vol­un­teers.’’

Davies said one of the main benefits had been about spread­ing the word about what Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance did.

‘‘We don’t have a large vol­un­teer base, so would strug­gle to cope with the re­sponse from a ful­lon ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

‘‘The sort of or­ganic growth this sup­port pro­vides al­lows us to grow in a con­trolled fash­ion, and the sup­port is on­go­ing, mean­ing we are not re­liant on regular ad­ver­tis­ing or pub­lic­ity cam­paigns to keep the stock com­ing in.’’

PGG Wright­son was one of the Porirua busi­nesses that re­ceived a bin and manager Adam Hughes said there had been a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’ve been sup­port­ing them for about a year, but it has be­come more no­tice­able since hav­ing the larger bin,’’ Hughes said.

‘‘ It’s sur­pris­ing what peo­ple drop off.’’

Dona­tions have in­cluded cloth­ing, toys and house­hold ap­pli­ances.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s zero waste co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Barry said the bins were pro­vided to en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­cy­cle.

‘‘Porirua char­i­ties will ben­e­fit from their dona­tions. It’s a win­win for waste min­imi­sa­tion and for lo­cals in need,’’ Barry said.

For sev­eral years, Trash Palace op­er­ated at Spicer Land­fill, re­cy­cling house­hold goods and em­ploy­ing users of men­tal health ser­vices in Porirua.

The Porirua busi­ness went into vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion in March and closed in April partly be­cause it lost its fund­ing from the Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board.

The coun­cil is talk­ing to sev­eral op­er­a­tors about tak­ing over the Trash Palace op­er­a­tion and the in­or­ganic waste col­lec­tion ser­vice.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

PGG Wright­son is back­ing Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance. Adam Hughes, left, David King, and Rachel Bruce have a bin that is await­ing dona­tions.

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