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Source: Far North District Council

A new refuse transfer station will open next week in Waipapa following a deal struck between Far North District Council and locally-owned waste and recycling company, Northland Waste.

The Kerikeri/Waipapa refuse transfer station will be open seven days a week from Monday 10 December and will accept bulk and bagged rubbish, household recycling, e-waste, whiteware, scrap metal, waste oil and household hazardous waste.

Northland Waste has invested significantly to develop the facility over the past 12 months, installing additional equipment required to make it suitable for public use and has employed three new staff.

Council General Manager – Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch, says Kerikeri residents have requested a transfer station for several years.

“Currently, Kerikeri residents must make a 40-minute round trip to Whitehills, the nearest Council refuse station on State Highway 10. A key goal of our waste plan is to have a recycling facility within 15 minutes’ drive of the majority of residents. The new Waipapa site will finally make that a reality for Kerikeri.”

He says that by working with Northland Waste, plans to open a new transfer station were brought forward by at least two years.

“Northland Waste was already building its own facility at Waipapa and have included a public drop-off facility within that site. This was secured on very favourable terms, so ratepayers have gained a transfer station earlier than planned and at a cost saving.”

Green waste can be deposited nearby at Waipapa Landscape Supplies, which already operates a successful and competitively priced composting service.

The Kerikeri/Waipapa Refuse Transfer Station is located down a lane at 1913 State Highway 10, on the corner with rural retailer, Farm Source. Opening hours will be from 7.30am to 5pm week days and 9am to 5pm on weekends.