Milestone for central Auckland’s new Community Recycling Centre

Milestone for central Auckland’s new Community Recycling Centre

Work is about to start on the new Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre for central Auckland

Published: Thursday 3 June 2021

Construction is about to start on the new Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre for central Auckland.  The site will be opened to the public

The site near the Western Springs Garden on Great North Road was blessed earlier this month by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākai.

Community Recycling Centres upcycle unwanted items, providing an affordable option for people and helping to keep tonnes of material from needlessly going to landfill. They’re part of Auckland Council’s approach to the climate changes we face, including the goal of Zero Waste by 2040.

The Waiōrea facility will service not just the Albert-Eden Local Board area, but neighbouring communities. It’s seen as a flagship community resource to be run by community enterprises. It’s also hoped that the operator will be able to make the most of close neighbours MOTAT and the Auckland Zoo, and be a learning hub as well as a resource recovery centre. 

Pippa Coom has been involved in the project for over a decade including as Deputy Chair of the Waitakere Local Board when the initiative was proposed, and more recently as ward councillor and Deputy Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee. She’s welcoming the progress. “Realizing the vision for a community-led centre for Auckland central has been a long road but it is fantastic to see the build now under way. “

Growing the network

The network of Community Recycling Centres around Auckland is continuing to expand.  The new Onehunga Centre is due to see earthworks start in the next few weeks, and at the Devonport CRC works to develop the facility to improve functionality and increase resource recovery will start within a few months.

Last year, the Ministry for the Environment provided an over $10 million investment for Auckland’s Resource Recovery Network to fast track the effectiveness of Community Recycling Centres through developing fit for purpose infrastructure. This is allowing work on four other facilities around Auckland, with an ambitious goal to see the investment being used by our communities before the end of the year.

Auckland Council’s network of Community Recycling Centres see and average of 437 tonnes of recyclable materials diverted from landfill per month. The centres have created more than 80 full and part-time jobs across the region and facilitated 5658 volunteer hours.