Trash Palace in business again
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.