Man­ager fears Poly Palace could close

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.