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WRRC celebrates 3rd birthday with an OPEN DAY
Published: 08 Sep 2016 - - Author: Newsroom

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre (WRRC) is celebrating its third birthday with an Open Day on Saturday, 10 September from 11.00am to 3.00pm. The WRRC Trust and staff invite locals to venture ‘Beyond the Gate’ for a few hours of fun and information.

Notching up a third successful year, the WRRC wants to acknowledge the community by putting on a celebration and providing an opportunity for people to ask questions and see more of what’s going on than they would normally be able to do.

Centre Manager Ramari Te Uamairangi says, “There are probably still a lot of people in our community who haven’t come through the gate to find out what else goes on in the main building behind the recycling cages”.  

The Sustainable Whanganui Trust will have its office and Re-Use Academy (RuA) rooms open, and the Cancer Society’s furniture shop will be open.

Visitors can take a tour around the site and there will be activities in the education room as well as a sausage sizzle, soup, tea and coffee available on the forecourt. Parents and children can help build a succulent wall, a vegetable garden and make a mural out of recycled lids. There will be face painting, giveaways and a composting workshop from 2.30pm-3.00pm.

“Whanganui people have proven they are quick to learn how to separate materials for recycling. This has been a tremendous help to us at the WRRC and has contributed to an overall increase in tonnages of approximately 11% in glass, plastics and fibres collected over the past two years. The centre continues to grow in popularity with over 400 cars on average through the centre each day,” said Ms Te Uamairangi.

“The total quantity of recyclable waste through the Centre in the 2014/15 period was 2400 tonnes, compared with 2150 tonnes for the previous period. There has also been an increase in the number of waste streams collected with plans for further expansion.”

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre was established in 2013 and replaced the undersized Peat Street Recycling Drop-Off Centre as Whanganui’s one-stop shop for waste minimisation.

The Centre was established without ratepayer funding through the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Levy Fund. The Council receives annual allocations from the waste levy fund, which it uses to fund improvements at the Centre and other waste minimisation initiatives in Whanganui.

To book for the composting workshop which run during the opening day, please phone Hadi on 021 0232 0033 or the Whanganui Environment Base on 345 6000.

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