Taumarunui Transfer Station Upgrade 2022
Major infrastructure developments are planned for the Taumarunui Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Centre in the first half of 2022. The program of works support the implementation of Council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) Waste Minimisation - Ruapehu District Council (ruapehudc.govt.nz)and Zerowaste 2040 vision while improving levels of service.
To create a resource recovery centre that our town can be proud of.
A clean and orderly site with excellent recycling and reuse facilities promotes environmentally sustainable behaviours, resulting in reduction of waste to landfill.
- A transfer station that is more accessible and safer for visitors and staff
- Reduced contamination of recycleable materials = Less recyclable materials sent to landfill at ratepayer cost
- Increased capacity of the Reuse facility = low cost resources are available to the community
|Site Sealing||Feb - Mar 2022|
|Improvement to recycling facilities||Mar - Jun 2022|
|New Reuse facility||May - Jul 2022|
Sealing the site will involve:
- Sub-pavement works, to prepare the ground for sealing
- Sealing. The site will be sealed with either concrete or asphalt (this is yet to be determined)
- Road marking. The sealed area will be painted and signs erected to identify roads, parking areas and direction of traffic flow.
In addition to improving health and safety, this will reduce the dust in summer and mud over winter months.
If there is going to be disruption to services at the transfer station, this will communicated in advance via signage at the site, local newspaper and Ruapehu District Council social media and website.
Improved Recycling Facilities
The goal of the planned upgrades is to reduce contamination in the materials being sent for recycling. When recycling loads are contaminated, they are sent to landfill at ratepayer cost.
Recycled materials offset the cost of disposing rubbish to landfill.
Public Recycling Area
The new public recycling platform will be more attractive and accessible, making it easier to recycle correctly.
New concrete bunkers will be constructed for bulk glass, cardboard and plastic recycling (for operational use, e.g. from kerb side collection). These bunkers have a 50+ year life span and will ensure safe and effective storage of materials to be recycled, including prevention of contamination.
New Reuse facility
The Taumarunui Reuse facility was opened in May 2021 and has been a roaring success. The facility has been expanded already and this project will construct a whole new space to increase the items we can divert from landfill.
A new Reuse shop will be constructed, with power and internet. Increased storage, better shelving and a more attractive space will improve the ease of use for visitors and customers to the reuse facility.