Manager fears Poly Palace could close
Richie Moore says his teenage daughter provided him with a realistic summing up of the situation at Poly Palace.
‘‘She said to me, ‘Dad, why are you bothering? You need to walk away from this.’ It was sobering stuff,’’ Moore said.
Moore has been operating Poly Palace, opposite Trash Palace, since 2004. It is a drop-off for polystyrene, glass and other recyclable material.
Moore uses the polystyrene to make slabs for underfloor insulation – he recently filled a large order for homes in Manawatu, and a house in Whitby.
‘‘Things are going well on that front, but not elsewhere. This place may shut down.’’
Moore gets funding from Porirua City Council and this is topped up by the underfloor insulation part of the business. He estimates he saves the council about $60,000 a year by keeping polystyrene out of the landfill.
Moore said recent contract negotiations with the council have broken down over health and safety regulations at Poly Palace, and the number of days he has to be open.
The negotiations are in the hands of lawyers.
Moore said Poly Palace and the council were like an old married couple – ‘‘we’re together but we’ve forgotten why’’.
‘‘Last September I was told I would have funding for five years, at $60,000 a year. But the contract I get in February is tough to swallow and there’s been a breach in good faith.’’
Moore said it would a shame if his polystyrene recycling service – the only one in the region – shut, but that was likely.
Kapi-Mana News understands council officers are nervous about new health and safety laws, which Poly Palace might struggle to meet.
Council acting chief operating officer Euan Dempsey said negotiations were ongoing and there was hope of a good outcome.
‘‘The contract is largely the same, but we are seeking clarification on some points such as health and safety,’’ he said. ‘‘We have always been supportive of Poly Palace – we offer [the buildings] rent-free and there has been a considerable amount of officer time [invested].’’
Richie Moore’s polystyrene slabs are selling well, but Poly Palace’s future is under a cloud.