E waste weekend for Waitaki

Published on 16 November 2021


On the 27th and 28th of November Waitaki District Council and Waitaki Resource Recovery Park will be joining forces to host a free drop-off E-waste weekend, with drop-off available at the Recovery Park, Waihemo Wastebusters and Council’s transfer stations at Hampden, Kurow, Otematata and Omarama.

If you can plug it in, you can drop it off.

With a new market to repurpose e-waste opening up coinciding with other waste diversion market-negotiating coming to fruition, this collaborative team decided it was the perfect time blast on to the waste minimisation stage and get their community thinking about getting certain waste streams out of landfill.

Trish Hurley, manager of Waitaki Resource Recovery Park, has been wheeling and dealing waste diversion streams for years. She’s always on the lookout for new markets and recently added tetra-paks and polystyrene to her diversion list. Her most recent coup has been to negotiate the Resource Recovery park as a collection point for soft plastics. In fact, she’s so good at what she does that there aren’t many MRF’s (Material Recovery Facility) that can compete with how many streams she’s currently collecting.

“The E-waste weekend gives us an opportunity to get some key info to our community about what they can drop-off to be diverted from landfill. We’re always chasing new markets so we want people to keep checking in with us,” Trish said.

Not only is she anti-landfill lethal, the Park is also run as a social enterprise, bringing social benefits and opportunities to our community. And along with the garden corner - selling plants, mulch and more, and the Get Sorted shop that gives pre-loved goods a second chance, the Park is definitely a place to regularly pop in.

Trish is currently investigating how to infiltrate the battery diversion markets, so watch this space!

Waitaki District Council Solid Waste Manager, Steve Clarke, said “There’s a lot happening in waste minimisation at the moment – it’s really exciting. We’ve now got a dedicated resource in-house and key relationships with diversion providers to just keep on growing what we do. Customers can keep up to date on our Facebook page and website, as well as the Recovery Park pages. That’s the key really, keep yourself informed on what you can divert as more end markets open up. We’ll be doing more engagement and education too, so watch out for that.”