Mahurangi Wastebusters Trust, Recycling Centre and Transfer Station News
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 last year 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
Mahurangi Wastebusters Newsletter Summer 2018 November 2018
Summer greetings to you all
In this issue: 1. What's happening with our Community Recycling Centres? 2. A Men's Shed for Warkworth 3. Report on our work at the Oyster Festival - a Zero Waste Event 4. Our Next Repair Cafe, 16 March 2019 in Matakana ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. What's happening with our Community Recycling Centres?
There's been a long delay in our bid to set up Community Recycling Centres at the transfer stations in Lawries Rd, Snells Beach and Rustybrook Rd in Wellsford. The last time we were in touch Mahurangi Wastebusters had been shortlisted and we were waiting for Auckland Council to release the tender documents. Well, we waited and waited....
Finally at the end of July we were notified that the tender process was cancelled due to contamination having been found at both sites and that the sites would be closed for remediation which was expected to take 2 years. This announcement caused a lot of dissatisfaction in the community as there would be nowhere locally to to dispose of trailer loads of waste - you probably read about it in the papers. So due to public pressure Council extended the lease of the current operator, Northland Waste, for 9 months, whilst they work out how to keep a service going for the community during the remediation work.
Naturally we are very supportive of the sites being remediated as soon as possible to avoid potential leachate getting into ground water and polluting waterways. However it is unclear right now, just what will happen after 30 June next year when the clean up work is due to commence.
Mahurangi Wastebusters has made it known we are keen to be part of the solution and we are currently examining all our options. We believe 2.5 years is too long to wait for a Community Recycling Centre. Our community is missing out on this chance to recover resources and minimise waste.
As soon as we have something more concrete to report, we’ll let you know.
2. A Men's Shed for Warkworth
A Men's Shed was part of our vision for our Community Recyling Centres but has been on hold, since we don't have a site.
We were therefore delighted when a group of men got together in Warkworth and obtained approval from the A&P Society to use the red shed at the A&P Showgrounds. Mahurangi Matters reported on it as follows:
'Once up and running, it’s anticipated the shed will be a boon for men’s mental health, and at the same time help repair and recycle discarded items that might otherwise have been dumped. Men’s Shed enthusiast Barry Thompson says a Men’s Shed is a place with a range of woodworking, engineering and other tools. “In a nutshell, a shed brings men together in one community space to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks,” he says. Men might choose to work on personal projects or work alongside others on projects that benefit the community. Examples could include building playgrounds for preschool centres, repairing toy library stock, fixing bikes for disadvantaged children or building planter boxes to brighten up the central business district.'
Mahurangi Wastebusters is keen to supprt the shed in any way we can as it complements our goal of diverting waste from landfill and recovering resources for the benefit of the community.
The first meeting of Men's Shed enthusiasts to set it all up will be held on Thursday 15 November 2018 at 10 am at the Summerset Falls cafe, Summerset Village, 31 Mansell Drive, Warkworth. All welcome. Women too! Or if you can't make the meeting but want to be involved, contact Barry on 09 425 5613 or email@example.com.
3. Report on our work at the Oyster Festival in Matakana in October 2018
We had a greatday ensuring that the Oyster Festival was a zero waste event and are proud to have achieved 97% diversion from landfill! The oyster shells went to a farm for spreading on a driveway (and some for chicken grit), glass and plastics recycled, and food and compostables were turned into compost on a farm.
We are extremely grateful to our wonderful team of volunteers who worked hard to make it such a successful day. Thank you to you all!
4. Our next Repair Cafe, 16 March 2019, 2.00 to 4.30pm Matakana Hall
We are pleased to announce we will be holding our next Repair Cafe from 2 - 4.30 pm on 16 March in the Matakana Hall.
Do you have items to repair or skills to share? We are looking for volunteer fixers for bicycles, small furniture items, clothing, small electrical items and more..... Not to mention bakers of goodies for our cafe! And we invite you to bring along broken items to be fixed: We can't guarantee that everything will be able to be fixed, but we'll do our best and it will be a great learning experience. If you have nothing for repair you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, home-baked cake or muffins, or lend a hand with someone else's repair job.