New recycling drop off sites coming soon for Franklin
Auckland Council is close to finalising new recycling drop off locations in Franklin, after being advised at short notice the Pukekohe transfer station will stop their services from Monday 11 January.
Envirowaste – a privately-owned business operating on their own land – told the council of their decision to pull their recycling drop off service a week before Christmas.
“More notice to customers would have been helpful, however, they are a private business and there has never been a contract in place with us to run the site or the service,” says Waste Solutions Manager Ian Stupple.
“We are not aware of any public consultation in making the decision. It was a commercial decision that was solely theirs to make and they made it.”
The company has said publicly they no longer have room for town recycling, and will instead concentrate on restructuring the site for commercial customers.
Many residents have said they are keen to continue recycling right, and the council is keen to ensure this happens as well, with strong support from Franklin Local Board.
“Our focus is on enhancing our current offering of recycling drop off sites. We are finalising negotiations with land owners and potential operators, and we will confirm new options as soon as possible.”
Auckland Council does not fund recycling drop off services for Waikato residents or recycling generated by commercial activities.
Residents needing to drop off recycling can find locations listed below.
Auckland Council inherited the current contract for recycling collections from the former Franklin council. This included a council kerbside recycling collection for urban residents, while rural residents were provided with recycling drop of sites.
Residents receiving the fortnightly kerbside service pay more in their targeted waste rate than those that do not.
All eligible properties will receive the fortnightly kerbside collection in a wheeled bin when the current collection contract ends, from 1 July 2017.
“We look forward to moving to consistent services for everyone, so our customers in Franklin receive the same service as each other and the rest of the region.”
1. Waiuku Community Recycling Centre, 5 Hosking Pl, Waiuku
2. Papakura Transfer Station, 25 Inlet Rd, Papakura
3. Matakawau, Matakawau Rd (off Awhitu Rd) – permanent drop off facility – metal cans, glass and cardboard only (not plastic bottles).
4. Hunua – last Saturday morning of each month at Parks Depot, 4 Lockwood Rd, Hunua
5. Waiau Pa Hall – first Saturday morning of each even-numbered month (two monthly)