This page provides a profile of the Whanganui District's resource recovery centre.
In 2012, Wanganui District Council was awarded $405,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to establish a resource recovery centre for the district.
The council used the funding for site works, the fit-out of a re-use shop and an education centre, and the purchase of equipment including a forklift, baler and conveyor system. The council contributed a share of its waste levy funding to the set-up of the centre and is providing an annual grant to support its ongoing operation.
The centre recovers more than 2000 tonnes of material from the community each year. Its services include the typical collection of dry recyclables, electronic waste, green waste, second hand goods, scrap metal and polystyrene. Facilities include a bike recycling store as well as the re-use shop and education centre. Before the centre, the Whanganui district had just one small drop-off centre for waste minimisation.
The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre Trust is responsible for the ongoing management and operation of the centre. Trustees are from the Wanganui District Council, Tupoho Whanau Trust and Sustainable Whanganui.
Source: Whanganui District Council