Katikati community’s enthusiasm for recycling has played a big part in Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s decision to upgrade the local recycling centre.
The centre on the corner of Wills and Tetley roads is to undergo a transformation before the end of the year that will result in a more efficient, free-flowing and spacious facility for people to dispose of recycled goods and green waste.
Regularly open for a three-hourly session on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the centre averages one vehicle a minute – or 60 vehicles an hour – and demand is increasing steadily.
Council’s Utilities Manager Kelvin Hill says the centre is in need of an upgrade to cater for the high usage.
“Katikati people are very good at recycling and Council is keen to keep encouraging the habit through improving the recycling centre and making it easier for people to use,’’ says Kelvin.
“The great news is that this project is being funded through the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund so it is at no cost to the ratepayers.”
The $260,000 project involves the demolition of two old disused buildings on the site, relocation of the hazardous material shed to another part of the site and extension of the main recycling building.
Access lanes will be increased and traffic flow streamlined to prevent the present conflict between people wanting to drop off green waste and those wanting to use the recycling area.
The grounds will be landscaped, the entranceway widened and a surveillance camera mounted at the gate to deter people illegally dumping household waste outside the gates after hours.
Work is expected to begin this month (October), subject to planning approval, and will be completed before Christmas 2011.
During construction there will be times when the centre has to be temporarily closed and customers will be re-directed to process their recycled material at the Athenree centre in Steele Road.
The new centre will remain solely for recycling and green waste – it will not be a transfer station for household waste.