Celebrating Successes..we’re all in this together.

Te Manu Atatū Award

The Te Manu Atatū – Whanganui Māori Business Network Awards were held mid 2017.  There were some fabulous Award categories and many local businesses took part in the event. Some have been around for a while and others are just emerging on to the scene.  Our Resource Recovery Centre entered the Mauri Awa Environmental Excellence category and took out First place. How awesome is that for a new venture!!

We are all so proud of our collective achievements. The Mauri Award award is the third acknowledgement the WRRC has received since start up in 2013. In 2014 we were placed as a finalist in the Minimising our Waste category at the national Green Ribbon Awards in Wellington then later that year we won the Community Innovation category at the NZ Sustainable Business Network Awards held in Auckland.

Pictured at the Te Manu Atatu Awards evening are Ken Mair (Chair of the WRRC Trust), Ramari (Beverley) Te Uamairangi (WRRC Manager) and Kahukura Waiariki (Staff Representative).

A great night enjoyed by all.



Car Seat Recycling

Whanganui District Council and the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre are partnering with SeatSmart to offer a subsidised recycling programme for expired or damaged car seats.

At least 40,000 child car seats reach their expiry date each year in New Zealand and most end up in a landfill despite around 90% of a typical seat being recyclable.

“Many people aren’t aware that car seats have a limited life span of six to ten years”.

“There are many factors that can cause seat materials to degrade and weaken, such as exposure to sunlight, changes in temperature and stress from accidents. All these things can affect how they would perform in an accident.

“Sending car seats to the landfill is a waste of resources and giving away or selling expired seats can put children at risk. SeatSmart enables expired or damaged seats to be taken out of circulation and allows the materials to be recycled or repurposed”.

Unwanted seats can be taken to the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre during normal opening hours and there is a small fee of $5.00 per seat to cover recycling costs.

Cr Rob Vinsen, who chairs the Council’s Waste Minimisation and Environment Working Party, says he is delighted the Whanganui District Council can support SeatSmart to start collections in this area.

“Those managing the SeatSmart programme continue to encourage seat manufacturers and retailers to fund it as part of a product stewardship approach – that is taking responsibility for their products at end of life – but in the meantime the Council is keen to see unnecessary waste diverted from landfill and to stop expired seats from being on-sold or donated.”

The Council is able to use its waste funding derived from a landfill levy to establish the new service at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.

“This new initiative is part of a suite of new waste minimisation initiatives that have been identified by Council through its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2015 and largely delivered through its service partnership with the resource recovery centre. Other new initiatives are planned,” Cr Vinsen says.

The plastic from the seats is recycled into new products used in the building industry and metal parts are also easily recycled. Straps from the seats are used to make recycled bags.

Hastings-based recycling specialists, 3R Group, created SeatSmart.

“We like to think that the landfill should be the last option, not the default,” says SeatSmart manager Toni Bye. “So often highly recyclable products are put in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply dumped.”

SeatSmart also collects seats in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings, Greater Wellington, Nelson and parts of Canterbury. More than 5,000 seats have been recycled to date.
Details of all collection sites can be found at www.SeatSmart.co.nz.

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre in Maria Place Extension is open from Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 4.30pm, and on Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

It also has a 24/7 facility for dropping off glass, plastics, cans, clothing, paper and cardboard. For more information, phone 348 7950.

The Green Factor…Growing our Greenwaste

We are getting lots of Green-waste dropped off at the WRRC.  The wide concrete surface of our collection bay allows for easy backing and unloading. And there’s an added bonus… No MUD to trample through if you’ve forgotten to throw your gumboots in the car before leaving home!

Come on down. Our Prices are the lowest and most affordable in town.  And while you’re here – check out some of the other amazing services we have onsite.



We DO take lawn clippings, garden waste, shrubs and vegetation:)

We don’t take SOIL, Fill, Bricks, Concrete, Rubble, Flax,  Tree STUMPS, Yucca, Fan Palm or Cabbage Tree foliage. All of these products get caught up in and damage the mobile shredding plant!

Cardboard Maze

7th-11th October

It’s recycling in the name of child’s play. A group of Whanganui children spent Saturday building a giant maze out of recycled material as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge and then they opened their creation up to the public. The event, organised by the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre in conjunction with Sustainable Whanganui, was held in the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre’s education room. It attracted over 100 maze adventures during it’s 4 day opening period.

One of the organisers, Catriona Atkinson, said the event was about encouraging kids to play and create with cardboard boxes. “The kids mostly did it with a bit of support. It has a lot of potential for kids.”

Such events helped children develop a positive connection with the recycling centre.

“It would be cool if there were more different things happening in Whanganui for next year.”

Lola Fisher (9) and Calexico Fisher (6) took the Chronicle on a tour through the cardboard maze, pointing out the walkie talkie, a stained-glass window, a couch, circus tent and a number of dead ends.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event organised by the Imagination Foundation. It was inspired by a short film about a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in Los Angeles.

The Whanganui contingent was the only New Zealand group taking part.

Children can build anything they can dream up using cardboard and recycled materials.

For the full article head to the Whanganui Chronicle website.