October 2020 Update

Our last newsletter provided a link to the TCDC report on the proposed new Resource Recovery Centre.

WRRA has assisted in forming an independent group that has applied for registration as the Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre. This entity will be a Charitable Trust and will aim to work with the council to assist with the planning, construction and operation of our own version of the highly successful Seagull Centre models, which have been operating in the Thames, Raglan, Kaikoura, Auckland and other centres for several years. We’ll keep you posted on progress.

This is likely to be an 18-24 month project, but it’s underway, and we look forward to working alongside the council to make it happen. A resource recovery centre is something that Whitianga has needed for a long time, and we’re very excited to see it happening finally.

See the TCDC report below on this project:
Whitianga Resource Recovery Centre – We now have a draft conceptual layout that we are working through with stakeholders for the new resource recovery centre, and transfer station proposed to be built next year in Moewai Road. In parallel with the layout, we’ll be working on further developing the consent, design, and more detailed cost estimates. We are also working with community groups to establish a local trust that can occupy a portion of the new facility, including some areas of the existing bio composting site that will actively be involved in the reuse and recovery of items potentially going to landfill. As government levies increase landfill waste, the site’s design will attempt to divert waste from landfills. The infrastructure for these initiatives can be funded from the waste minimization fund.”