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Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre

This local community hub in Western Springs for reusing, repurposing and recycling goods was opened on 11 August. It is the 12th recycling centre in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The recycling centre is located in a heritage building at 990 Great North Road where extensive remedial work was required. The refurbishment was carefully planned to minimise waste, which included its reusable construction shrink wrap-alternative made of fabric to cover the building, and its newly installed recycled carpet tiles.

Many stakeholders, members of the community and Council staff worked hard to get this initiative from concept to realisation. As part of the opening ceremony, a tree was planted to commemorate the advocacy of Warren Snow from Envision, who pioneered the zero-waste movement.

Initial efforts to investigate the centre’s feasibility and to scope a suitable site for the project were championed and funded by Albert-Eden, Puketāpapa and Waitematā local boards, with strong support from Auckland Council’s Waste Solutions team.

MPHS Community Trust has been appointed to manage the recycling centre. There will be a range of workshops and events held at the centre, along with the ability to drop off items for recycling or upcycling. The centre is open Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm.

Image: Auckland Council