Community Reuse and Recycle Centre Project

An exciting new project is currently under way at the region’s Resource Recovery Facility on Colson Road, New Plymouth!
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The Community Reuse and Recycle Centre sets out to create an attitude change around waste in our community by:

  • Encouraging reduction of waste through reuse and recycling.
  • Donation of unwanted goods for resale.
  • Education.

The centre will include:

  • Retail spaces for reusable and upcycled materials.
  • A public reuse and recycling drop-off area.
  • Education spaces.
  • Art space.
  • Workshop space.

We are working with three community groups to provide the centre:

  • WISE.
  • Taranaki Education Trust.
  • Xtreme Zero Waste (runs a similar facility in Raglan and are on board as an adviser). 

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The Project

The centre will be the first facility you see on arrival to the region's Resource Recovery Facility on Colson Road, New Plymouth, and the primary facility for the general public.

Development will take place in stages as the community response and demand grows. We will build the first stage and partner with individuals or organisations to help manage and develop it. Key activities will include reusable items and recycling drop off area, e-waste recycling depot, reuse retail shop, workshop and education spaces.

The end goal is to have the centre self-sustaining, and providing for other non-profits in the future, there will be support from the Council at the beginning, through creating partnerships, capacity building, and financial support.

Key Dates and Timeline

24 August 2016: Registration of interest released. COMPLETED

31 August 2016: Public Meeting. COMPLETED

13 October 2016: Registrations of interest closed. COMPLETED

October: Shortlisted groups advised. COMPLETED

December 2016: MOU between community groups and NPDC signed. COMPLETED

January to June 2017: Community group business plan and contract development.

June 2017: Community organisation(s) appointed/contract development. 

October 2016 to September 2017: Detailed design and construction of first phase. 

Late 2017: Community Reuse and Recycle Centre officially opens.

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