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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:41am

A digger drops a scoop of dirt into the back of a dump track. Both are on a patch of bare brown earth

Work has begun on the first round of improvements at the Pines Resource Recovery Park.

The developments include an enhanced recycling and reusables drop-off area with a canopy, parking and operational area, as well as all underground services for the planned future stages. The $1.85 million works are being carried out by CB Civil and Drainage and the new area is expected to be open by June this year.

Council Solid Waste Manager Andrew Boyd says the developments are catering for future growth as well as enabling improved recovery of materials currently entering the waste stream. “These upgrades will improve the experience of customers at the Recovery Park as well as increasing diversion of materials from landfill. Having the ability to drop off items that can be reused by others is something that the district has needed for some time, so we are pleased to see this project starting to take shape.”

The current works are the first stage in a wider project named Reconnect that will take place from 2021 to 2024. Reconnect is an
innovative and ambitious project aimed at getting people thinking differently about waste, recovering materials from the waste stream and showcasing alternative options to landfill.

This includes a reuse shop and salvage yard, as well as an environmental education centre (with a focus on waste) intended to be an interesting, interactive and fun space for people of all ages to visit. Other developments include a multipurpose waste hub, a community garden, and microenterprise units focusing on making products from waste materials such as wood, metal and fabrics.

For more on this project visit our Reconnect project page.