Resource Recovery Network for Auckland

Auckland Council has recently adopted a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. The plan brings the different waste and recycling services of the seven former councils under one umbrella and will mean changes as standard charging regimes and services are provided across the region.

The plan is the most ambitious the region has had, with an aspirational vision of zero waste to landfill by 2040 (with a short term target of reducing kerbside waste to landfill by 30% in six years’ time).

One of the most promising things for local communities is the decision to develop a Resource Recovery Network (RRN). This would consist of community and private sector facilities that would allow residents to drop off their unwanted goods and materials for others to buy, trade, refurbish, re-sell etc. Each community could have its own facility – run by a community group, a charity or a local business etc. These facilities will not only reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill but will create local jobs and business opportunities.

Waitemata, Albert-Eden and Puketepapa Local Boards have enthusiastically endorsed the idea and have commissioned their own study into establishing Community Recycling Centres in their areas.

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