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New Community Recycling Centre proposed in Western Springs

Published: 15 November 2016

Auckland Council is planning to open a community recycling centre in Western Springs as part of its region-wide Resource Recovery Network.

The council intends to establish 12 community recycling centres in communities across Auckland, with sites already open in Waiuku, Helensville, Waitakere and Devonport.

Each site is designed to meet the needs of the community it serves and reflects the local culture, vision and history. The end goal is to prevent waste being sent to landfill by reusing, re-purposing and recycling as much as possible.

Strong education focus

Peter Haynes, Albert-Eden Local Board Chair, says that “residents will be able to drop off their unwanted reusable goods locally, where they can be sold or upcycled.

“But this will not be a rubbish or household recycling transfer station. Rather, it’s proposed that the centre will have a strong education focus, a second-hand items shop, a cafe and facilities for groups to repair and upcycle goods.”

Harry Doig, Puketapāpa Local Board Chair says community-based recycling centres create local jobs and bring a range of other benefits to the community.

“These areas become a hub for the community, especially for those with a common interest in reusing materials.

"They provide an opportunity for people to share their knowledge and learn new skills."

Waitematā Local Board Chair Pippa Coom notes that the project has the strong support and leadership of Waitematā, Puketāpapa and Albert-Eden Local Boards, who have worked together since 2012 to champion the project, identify the site and oversee the project to ensure it is community-led.

The proposed site

After a thorough investigation of potential locations, the site identified for the centre is Auckland Council-owned land at 956-990 Great North Road, Western Springs.

Approximately 6000m2 of land is available to develop and is currently zoned as public open space. Development controls apply on the property and a resource consent is required for a change of use.

Also on the land is the Auckland Horticultural Council building and Western Springs Community Halls. Under the proposal, the Horticultural Council will remain as will one of the two community halls.

Working together

Auckland Council is working with Mana Whenua, local community groups, students from Western Springs College and a wide range of other interested parties to ensure the centre reflects the values, history and aspirations of the area.

Auckland Council is inviting input on the project from the local community, with a proposal for resource consent to be submitted in February 2017. If successful the project will be completed in the 2017/18 financial year.

Find out more

Auckland Council is hosting a community open day at the 956-990 Great North Road site, between 10:30am and 1:30pm on Saturday 19 November and encourages local families and businesses to come along and find out more about the centre, meet some of the team and find out how to be involved.

It will be an opportunity to see draft concepts and ask questions.

The community open day will host a range of fun activities including upcycling project demonstrations and a showcase of upcycled goods by students from Western Springs College.

Pt Chevalier Transition Towns will have a pop-up Repair Cafe and the little ones will be entertained with a bouncy castle and barbecue.

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