Pukekohe recycling facility shutting down

This sign was the only indicationof the facilities pending closure.A decision has now been made tocontinue the recycling facility untilJanuary 11, 2016.

This sign was the only indicationof the facilities pending closure.A decision has now been made tocontinue the recycling facility untilJanuary 11, 2016.

According to Mr Saunders the motivation behind the closure was due to increased safety concerns for his staff. He feels the site can no longer operate safely due to increased recycling volume and traffic flow. He acknowledges it was a tough decision but a necessary one given the current circumstances.

What does this closure mean to you as a resident of Franklin and how will this impact on you and the environment?
Will people now decide to dump their recycling rather than drive all the way to Waiuku Zero Waste as an alternative site from January 11?
Both Andy Baker and Bill Cashmore are concerned at the prospect of not having a recycling drop off point in Pukekohe.
Andy Baker had the following to say regarding the impact of this sudden announcement.
“For those in urban areas where there is kerbside recycling, nothing changes. For those taking other waste to the Pukekohe transfer station, nothing changes. For those who use it to get rid of recycling materials, we hope to have a solution early in the new year which we will advertise once a decision is made.”
Mr Saunders did indicate that he would have preferred a different outcome but safety comes first and the fact that the site was no longer fit for purpose any partnership with Auckland Council would have had to take that into consideration.
Auckland Council will now be forced to fast track a interim solution to deal with recycling until the latter end of 2017.
At that time the whole of Franklin will have recycling bins. A new, more comprehensive, approach to waste management will have been adopted and implemented. For now the business model currently being deployed at Waiuku is being hailed as a huge success by Auckland Council. It may well be rolled out in Pukekohe if the facilities are available and the right operator found. The Waiuku business model relies on a private/public collaboration to run the recycling centre.
One wonders why Auckland Council and EnviroWaste could not have come to an agreement, rather than creating the situation the community is now faced with. Send your comments: steve@thepost.nz

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