Auckland Council’s very first community recycling centre in Waiuku is about to undergo some extensive renovations to upgrade the site.
The centre is run by Waiuku Zero Waste and focuses on repairing, re-purposing and recycling waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.
The plans have been in the works for some time and the redevelopments, which include a new building, hard surfacing and drainage with a new rain garden, is proposed to begin this month.
The upgrade will take around three months to complete and business will be operating as usual throughout this time.
Close to $1million is being spent on the project, which helps to reinforce Auckland Council's vision to be waste free by 2040.
The centre has diverted 1210 tonnes of waste from landfill in the last year. Since they opened in 2014, their staff numbers have also increased from one to 11.
General Manager of Waste for Auckland Council, Ian Stupple says the team are among the best.
"There's a fantastic group of people here, and the community are bringing their waste to be recycled rather than put in a landfill. It's an impressive amount for a this town."
The new building will allow space for a new area for their Junktion shop and also an educational area.
"It's very exciting," says Waiuku Zero Waste's general manager, Sue Wallis, "It will be great for the community."
They hope to host educational workshops that will allow people to learn new skills like woodwork and sewing. "We want give the skills back to them, so they can repair things themselves," Sue says.
Ian says, "Each centre reflects the make up of the local community. We're keen for locals to get involved. It's much more than a waste site. It puts money back into the community and diverts waste."
Caption: Sue Wallis and Ian Stupple are excited for the upgrades to the Waiuku Zero Waste site.