SaveMart Recycling Drop-Off Centre popular over Christmas period - 12/01/2011The SaveMart recycling centre in Peat Street was a popular destination for many Wanganui folk over the Christmas period, with a record amount of product deposited for recycling.
The recycling centre, which is open 24/7, received a total of 2174m3 of recyclable material over the December 2010 month; up from the 2009m3 of December 2009 and more than double the 1064m3 of December 2004, the year the centre was opened.
“The Peat Street Recycling Centre is proving more popular than ever, highlighting the public’s desire and efforts to manage resources in a sustainable manner and not treat everything as waste,” Cr Rob Vinsen, Chairman of Wanganui District Council’s Waste Minimisation and Environment Working Party, said.
“The centre provides the Wanganui community with a 24/7 recycling service, with systems and contracts in place to ensure that 100% of recyclable products passing through the centre are actually recycled. That is our commitment.
“The Christmas holiday period has been an extremely busy one at the centre, with many citizens taking the opportunity to recycle all the extra cardboard and paper from Christmas presents, as well as depositing large quantities of aluminium cans and glass from the Christmas festivities.
“The staff at the recycling centre deserve a special mention for the long hours they have worked over the holiday period and for putting up with the occasional smelly bag of rubbish that some people try to sneak through at the centre. By and large, people are very careful to deposit only recyclable material and in the correct manner.”
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