GPF backs Whangarei’s new community resource recovery centre

Whangarei’s first community-led and operated resource recovery centre has been given a helping hand to ensure its glass recycling goes smoothly, with a grant of $5,000.

The funding, which comes from the Glass Packaging Forum, will enable the Whangarei Heads Community Resource Recovery Charitable Trust to rent three gantry bins and collect and transport glass for recycling for a year.

“As this will be a new operation, we will use the first 12 months to gauge the amount of glass which we collect for recycling. We can then make a decision around what permanent infrastructure we need. We are grateful to the GPF for helping us with this,” says trustee Melissa Arseneault.

She says there is a predicted increase in population and visitor numbers in the area, and with the closure of the Parua Bay Transfer Station in 2019, the establishment of the centre is well timed to deliver a new approach to waste minimisation with a focus on zero waste to landfill.

Glass Packaging Forum Scheme Manager Dominic Salmon says the GPF is proud to help new centre establish its glass recycling operation.

“This grant will help them get good data which they can then use to create an even more efficient system. Glass is infinitely recyclable and there is no reason it should go to waste, so this is a good fit with the ethos of this new centre,” he says.

The GPF’s grants are funded by voluntary levies paid by its members, with over $3.7 million in grants funded to date to projects which improve glass recovery and recycling in New Zealand.