New Plymouth Resource Recovery Facility

The New Plymouth Resource Recovery Facility is a centre to sort, reuse and recycle waste from New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki districts. The resource recovery facility aims to maximise diversion of waste from the landfill so that less needs to be transported, and also provide for the consolidation of what waste is left so it can be transported easily and efficiently.

The custom-design facility will include:

  • A Material Recovery Facility for processing of kerbside collection recyclables (complete).
  • A Community Reuse and Recycle Centre (public good area) for dropping off recyclables and re-saleable second hand goods which would include educational and community group activities.
  • A new Refuse Transfer Station.

The facility is being developed in stages on an 11.9 hectare site adjacent to the existing New Plymouth Refuse Transfer Station on Colson Road.

The area highlighted green on the New Plymouth Resource Recovery Facility location plan represents the area to be developed for the facility’s first three stages, approximately 4.9ha.

Why are we building the Resource Recovery Facility?

The Colson Road Landfill is estimated to reach full capacity in 2019. Following the closure of the Colson Road landfill, New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki’s waste will all be trucked to a new Regional Landfill to be developed in Eltham.

In addition, the Council’s lease on the existing Refuse Transfer Station land on Colson Road comes up for renewal in June 2021 and a new site will be required.

The objectives of the Resource Recovery Facility are to:

  • Achieve the goals of the Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.
  • Reduce the amount of waste from New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki taken to the Colson Road landfill
  • Reduce the amount of waste from New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki disposed at the new regional landfill following the closure of Colson Road Landfill.
  • Provide an area for Community Groups to work alongside with the Council on waste minimisation activities and education programmes.
  • Raise public awareness of recycling and waste minimisation. 

The development of the Resource Recovery Facility will assist in reducing future waste disposal costs by:

  • Reducing waste presently being disposed of at the Colson Road landfill
  • Reducing the amount of waste to be carted and disposed at the new regional landfill once the Colson Road landfill is closed.
  • Providing revenue from the recyclables removed from the waste stream.  

Timeline and costs

Stage Timing Cost
Stage 1 – Material Recovery Facility (MRF) COMPLETED
(1 October 2015)
$3.4m
Stage 2 – Community Reuse and Recycling Centre (public good area) 17/18 Financial Year   estimate $2.2m  
Stage 3 – New Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) 18/19 Financial Year estimate $1.6m

How will this affect you?

Stage 1: The development of the Material Recovery Facility
This will not affect the public. Access to the Material Recovery Facility will be limited to the kerbside collection vehicles and groups attending the education room. Public wanting to access the existing Refuse Transfer Station will continue to use the existing entrance.

Stage 2: The development of the Community Reuse and Recycle Centre
Public access to the existing Refuse Transfer Station will be changed over to the new Resource Recovery Facility’s entrance.  As people enter the new Resource Recovery Facility they will have the option of stopping at the Community Reuse and Recycle Centre to drop off any reuse and recyclable items, before going over the weighbridge.  Once over the weighbridge an internal access road will provide access over to the existing Refuse Transfer Station site.

Stage 3: The development of the New Refuse Transfer Station
The same as stage two above, public wanting to access the Refuse Transfer Station will enter via the new Resource Recovery Facility’s entrance, but instead of using the internal access road to get back to the existing Refuse Transfer Station they will drive past the new Material Recovery Facility to the new Refuse Transfer Station. 

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