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Southbrook Resource Recovery Park Celebrates its First Birthday
Monday, 10 September 2012
This Friday, the 14th of September, the Resource Recovery Park (RRP) at Southbrook will be celebrating one year of operation – and it’s been a very busy year.
In the October 2011 to July 2012 period, the most recent statistics point to a 17.4% rise in recycling – from 1,099 tonnes to 1,290 tonnes – compared with the same period the previous year. Hazardous wastes, excluding paint sent to be recycled, have risen by 117.1% - from 7.96 tonnes to 17.28 tonnes – between January and July this year in comparison to the same time last year. In addition there has been 10.53 tonnes of recycled paint.
And the influence of the electronic age is evident in the material received at the RRP. They’ve received 81.3 tonnes of computer monitors, televisions, and electronic equipment, collectively termed ‘e-Scrap’, since they opened in 2011. Although the second-hand goods aren’t specifically weighed, estimates are that over 90 tonnes of re-usable household items have been diverted from landfill through the on-site ReSale Store.
Waimakariri District Council’s Solid Waste Asset Manager, Kitty Waghorn, says the statistics so far indicate a wide acceptance of people’s willingness to re-cycle through the RRP. “Although final statistics are not yet available, we are on track for an increase in diversion from the landfill by over 350 tonnes since the RRP opened a year ago”.
The Resource Recovery Park is celebrating its first birthday on Friday with a sausage sizzle for customers from 10 am to 2 pm – they’re hoping for some recycled sunshine to help them celebrate.
Solid Waste Asset Manager
Phone: (03) 311 8900 or (03) 327 6834
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