Trash Palace in busi­ness again

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Trash Palace, Porirua’s re­source re­cov­ery cen­tre, was re­opened on Fri­day.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett of­fi­cially re­opened the pop­u­lar re­source re­cov­ery cen­tre and high­lights of the day in­cluded a per­for­mance from the Funky Junk band – a per­cus­sion group fea­tur­ing re­cy­cled junk turned into mu­si­cal in­stru­ments – kapa haka and Pa­cific cul­tural per­for­mances, fun work­shops for chil­dren, a cel­e­bra­tory cake with tea and cof­fee, a sausage siz­zle and, of course, shopping.

The fa­cil­ity closed last year af­ter the pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tor, Mana Re­cov­ery Trust, went into vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion. New op­er­a­tor Me­tal­lic Sweep­ing (1998) Lim­ited will now run Trash Palace and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Clive Peter said he was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘Our vi­sion is to make Trash Palace the place to visit where lo­cals come not only to drop off their preloved us­able items or to se­cure a bar­gain, but also as a place for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion,’’ Peter said.

‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to help­ing the peo­ple of Porirua, and sur­round­ing ar­eas, turn trash into treasure.’’

He said Mar­ion Ton­gariro had been ap­pointed man­ager. She worked at Trash Palace for five years.

Trash Palace opened in 2002 as a way to di­vert waste from the land­fill.

Trash Palace as Porirua res­i­dents will re­mem­ber it.

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