Poly Palace op­er­a­tor seek­ing compo

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Poly Palace op­er­a­tor Richie Moore is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against Porirua City Coun­cil over a break­down in con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

As the coun­cil wel­comed the re-open­ing of Trash Palace on the week­end, the poly­styrene re­cy­cling op­er­a­tion over the road, run by Moore, was fac­ing a grim fu­ture.

Moore did not want to say how much com­pen­sa­tion he would be seek­ing, but felt ter­mi­nat­ing the re­la­tion­ship he had with the coun­cil was a last re­sort he had to take.

‘‘We have been ne­go­ti­at­ing what should have been a straight for­ward right of re­newal of our con­tract for over a year, and it’s frus­trat­ing that we are where we are now,’’ he said.

Last Oc­to­ber, Moore was happy to agree to terms, but a re­struc­ture at the coun­cil meant the agree­ment was not hon­oured, he said.

Stick­ing points in­clude a de­sire for the depot to be open seven days, health and safety and tidi­ness is­sues at Poly Palace, and Moore putting large stor­age si­los at the back of the prop­erty.

It is un­der­stood Moore and Porirua City Coun­cil were look­ing to set­tle on a con­tract worth about $60,000 for each of the next five years.

Coun­cil act­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Euan Dempsey said coun­cil of­fi­cers have con­cerns about the si­los, which cost $12,000 to re­lo­cate from Cry­ovac Sealed Air.

‘‘He has been di­rected not to use the si­los un­til we are con­fi­dent they can op­er­ate safely,’’ Dempsey said.

‘‘We have had a health and safety ad­viser work with Mr Moore and an en­gi­neer­ing firm will eval­u­ate the me­chan­i­cal and op­er­at­ing [of the si­los].’’

Moore said the si­los were the so­lu­tion to the stor­age of waste poly­styrene and a path for the growth of the busi­ness. But ‘‘con­sul­tants en­gag­ing con­sul­tants’’ about them had stalled his chance to move Poly Palace for­ward, he said.

‘‘The same thing hap­pened when the coun­cil backed out of my suc­cess­ful waste min­imi­sa­tion fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause they wanted to re­tain con­trol.’’

Moore said he was the only con­trac­tor to achieve zero waste to Spicer Land­fill and was re­cy­cling a ma­te­rial that is widely re­garded as not re­cy­clable.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Poly­styrene re­cy­cler Richie Moore.

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