Did you know that last year Henderson Road Refuse Transfer Station sent almost 11,000 tonnes of waste to the Ōmarunui landfill?
Currently, 36.7 per cent of waste dropped into the pit could have been recycled or composted or reused.
Reusable items include building materials, scrap metal, clothing, and reusable or repairable second-hand goods.
Hastings District Council wants to work together with the community to improve the facility and save resources from going to landfill.
From early 2022 to 2024 and beyond the aims is to increase the use of the site in general and enhance the community’s waste minimisation knowledge.
We envisage multiple new drop-off areas will make it easier for people to separate their items so that only true waste goes to landfill. We also want to have a vibrant second hand shop and educational facilities.
Council is keen to hear your ideas on how we can we improve the facility and your experience onsite. Head to www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz to give us your input. Consultation closes on November 5.
In the meantime, a change is already underway with local artist Stan Mans transforming a wall onsite into a piece of art with a waste minimisation message.
Stan won our “Keep New Zealand Beautiful” Supreme Award Mural competition that was run over the past two months.
All going well the mural should be completed by the end of October, so keep an eye out for it when you next visit the transfer station.
1 October 2021
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