WRRA has been proactive over the last 12 months in helping to form the Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre (MBRRC), a registered charitable trust. Two of our committee (Len Salt and Kerryn Wakelin) are trustees and founder members of MBRRC.

MBRRC was created to help council and the community find ways to better manage solid waste in Whitianga and reduce volumes going to landfill. There are clear environmental benefits in these objectives as well as potential reductions in the costs to ratepayers.

MBRRC has a clear vision of creating a Resource Centre on the site of the relocated Transfer Station in Moewai Road and has lodged an application with the government’s Waste Minimisation Fund for the money to build this centre. The council project to build a new transfer station was approved with a $3 million budget in June this year as part of the Long Term Plan.

Work has been progressing on this project, and MBRRC is working closely with council staff and community board members on the traffic flow elements, the position of the facility, layout and services.

The initial focus will be on recovering and reusing building waste and materials. A retail shop is planned as an essential part of the new facility.

Initial construction and site works are expected to start early in the new year and MB Community Board will be keeping locals up to date with progress.

There are numerous potential benefits to our members when this project is completed:

  • Reduced volumes going to landfill.
  • Environmental benefits.
  • Opportunities for full and part-time employment.
  • Educational courses, artwork and sculpture materials.

e-Waste Drive

MBRRC will be holding the first-ever e-Waste drive in the Whitianga area on the 18th and 19th of December, thanks to support from WRRA, Thames Coromandel District Council and Mercury Bay Business Association. Click HERE for more details.


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