Mahurangi Wastebusters Newsletter 17th June 2019 Community Recycling Centres - Opening Dates In this issue:
Opening dates and hours for our Community Recycling Centres
Our new website www.mahurangiwastebusters.nz
It's full steam ahead getting ready to open our Community Recycling Centres at Lawrie Rd, Snells Beach and Rustybrook Rd in Wellsford.
Although we officially take over the sites on 1 July, they will be closed for a couple of weeks to allow the changeover to take place.
Lawrie Rd will open on Thursday 18 July 2019. The opening hours will be:
8:30 - 4pm Thursday - Saturday
9:30 - 4pm Sunday
Rustybrook Rd will open on Saturday 20 July 2019. The opening hours will be:
10:30 - 3pm Thursday and Saturday
We will be opening with basic services only - rubbish and green waste disposal. We will be rolling out further services over the coming months, including cardboard/paper, glass, metal, tyres, e-waste, batteries; a re-use shop; and a reusable building materials yard.
Gate fees will be the same as current prices.
The sites will be open to residents and small businesses only (vehicles able to be driven with a car licence) and closed to commercial operators and for hazardous waste or clean fill disposal. This is to allow Auckland Council to undertake the required remediation work on the closed landfill sites.
We are pleased to be working with Auckland Council to keep these vital community services open.
Mahurangi Wastebusters is a community enterprise. That means no individual is able to profit from the enterprise and the focus is on providing services for our community while generating social and environmental benefits.
Calling all volunteers!
We have some important work to be done - can you help?
1. Truck signage/vehicle livery - our new truck still has the sign writing from the previous owner. The signage is vinyl and is layered on top of more black and green vinyl. We understand that careful use of a heat gun and razor blade or scraper can lift a corner and it can be gently peeled off. If we could get 2 or 3 volunteers with heat guns that’d be awesome! 2. Document formatting - anyone experienced with MS Word to format various forms and procedure documents would be invaluable.
3. Tidy up and beautification of both sites - we'd love help cleaning and painting portacoms, getting some plantings going and doing a good old spring clean!
4. Half domes - we have purchased three half domes to go between 20ft shipping containers. Anyone able to help erect them we'd love to hear from you.
5. Wheelie bins assembly - we have been given 60 wheelie bins which need their wheels put on and a gentle waterblast.
Contact us on email@example.com if you can help. Thank you! Website
Our website has been launched! Check it out: www.mahurangiwastebusters.nz
Mahurangi Wastebusters Trustees and Localised Director. Back: Simon Barclay (Trustee), Matthew Luxon (Localised Director), Elizabeth Foster (Trustee); Front: Audrey Sharp (Trustee), Trish Allen (Trustee). Missing: John McIntyre, Trustee
Mahurangi Wastebusters wins contract to run Community Recycling Centres Auckland Council has awarded Mahurangi Wastebusters a two-year contract to operate two new Community Recycling Centres at the existing transfer stations on Lawrie Road, Snells Beach and Rustybrook Road, Wellsford.Mahurangi Wastebusters has been operating since 2017, running local zero waste events, repair cafés, and waste minimisation education and training events. “We are delighted to be tasked with developing resource recovery opportunities, alongside traditional waste disposal services, at the two sites and to provide an ongoing, community-focused service whilst remediation work is completed over the next two years,” says founder, Trish Allen. Allen adds, “We are very fortunate to be partnering with Localised to deliver these new services. Localised is a social enterprise, established by the Zero Waste Network, a national membership organisation of community-led resource recovery operators. Through this partnership, we are able to access skills and support developed over 30 years by operators of similar enterprises throughout New Zealand.” “As a community enterprise, there is no individual benefit in our ownership structure. Our focus is on providing the best services possible for our community and environment. In particular, we have been inspired by similar operations in Helensville, Waiuku, and Devonport. We are heartened by the huge support we have received from local residents, businesses, community organisations, and Mana Whenua to bring the same services to our communities,” says Allen. The short-term contract provides the community with continuity of waste disposal services, while also allowing important remediation work to be undertaken at the closed landfill sites over the next two years. Mahurangi Wastebusters will launch new basic drop-off services for green and general waste on the 18th July at Lawrie Road, and 20th July at Rustybrook Road. The following month, new re-use shops will open and additional drop-off services will come on stream. To allow for remediation work, the Lawrie Road site will open Thursday to Sunday. Rustybrook Road operating hours will remain the same, opening Thursday and Saturday. Further Information:
Mahurangi Wastebusters aims to turn waste into resources by establishing, coordinating, and developing community waste minimisation initiatives, including recycling centres, with the goal of achieving zero waste. The focus is on the reduction, repair, re-use, and recycling of waste and educating the community on sustainable resource use - ensuring resources are put back into our community and redistributed for local benefit.
The contract to run the two sites will be for a period of two years initially. During this time, the council will begin essential remediation work on the sites, which is required on the parts of the sites that areclosed landfills, which ceased operating 25 years ago.
During the initial two-year contract, Mahurangi Wastebusters has set bold targets to divert waste from landfill.
Mahurangi Wastebusters has prioritised engaging New Zealand-owned companies as suppliers of services.
Community Fact Sheet December 22nd 2018 From Auckland Council
Waste services in Warkworth and Wellsford · Auckland Council currently owns two closed landfill sites in the Warkworth/Wellsford area located at 55 Lawrie Road, Warkworth and 141 Rustybrook Road, Wellsford. · The two sites are leased to Northland Waste, who provide waste services to the public and operate commercial waste services. · The Lawrie Road and Rustybrook Road sites are currently used as transfer stations by Northland Waste. · A transfer station is a place that accepts and treats waste before bringing it to a landfill or recycling facility. Waste collectors and the public can bring waste items not suitable for kerbside collection to transfer stations. · The leases for both sites commenced in 1998 and were due to expire on 30 September 2018. · In 2017, the Council began a procurement process for waste and resource recovery services beyond 30 September 2018. · In July 2018, the procurement process was cancelled, after site investigations showed substantial remediation was required on both sites. · Remediation is required to prevent damage to the environment (e.g. leachate into the waterways) and for safety reasons. · Residents were concerned at the potential loss of transfer station and waste services during site remediation. · Auckland Council offered Northland Waste an extension to the lease on both sites through to the end of June 2019 to allow waste services to continue to be provided to the community, while an alternative solution is developed. · This extension was accepted by Northland Waste. · From July 2019, remediation works will be undertaken at both sites · It is estimated these remediation works will take approximately two years. · Limited waste and resource recovery services will be provided for residents and local businesses from the sites over this period. · A Community Engagement programme was undertaken with the local community by the Waste Solutions department in October/November 2018. · 24 groups were consulted across the Warkworth/Wellsford area to provide feedback on current and future waste service needs for the area. · The feedback from these community engagement meetings has been compiled and shared with the Rodney Local Board. · Council’s Waste Solutions team is now working on a plan to ensure waste and resource recovery services are provided for local residents and businesses during the remediation period. · Further information will be shared with the local community, via the Rodney Local Board.
Mahurangi Wastebusters Trust was set up in 2018 with a goal of setting up community recycling centres to divert waste from landfill and recover resources. MW wants to provide the same service to our community as what the Helensville, Devonport, Waiuku and Waitakere Community Recycling Centres are providing to their communities. MW was one of the candidates short-listed to tender for the two Council-owned local transfer station sites at Lawries Rd, Snells Beach and Rustybrook Rd, Wellsford. However the tender process was cancelled in July 2018 when contamination was found at the two sites. These sites are old landfills which were closed 24 years ago, and have been operating as transfer stations ever since. So when the public take their trailer load or boot load of waste there, it gets transferred to a landfill elsewhere. Considerable remediation work will be required to clean these sites up. Council is currently working out how to keep a service going for the community after 30 June 2019 when remediation work is due to commence. Mahurangi Wastebusters is keen to be part of the solution.
Note: the proposed new Waste Management landfill in the Dome Valley has nothing to do with the above transfer stations. It is entirely separate. Waste Management have advised that the Dome Valley site would take over from their Redvale landfill in 10 years time when it is due to close. The proposed new landfill would not be open to the public, only to commercial waste operators. firstname.lastname@example.org