Seagull centre diverting more waste from landfill

Thames Ward Councillor Martin Rodley cuts the ribbon to officially open the Seagull Centre's Resource Recovery Park. Image: Supplied.

The Seagull Centre in Thames is set to divert more items from going to landfill with its new Resource Recovery Park.

The park was opened by Thames Ward Councillor Martin Rodley in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

The previously vacant area on Burke Street, between the current Seagull Centre’s sales area and the Council’s Refuse Transfer Station, has been transformed, with a new sorting shed for dropped-off goods and two relocated school buildings that serve as workshops and education facilities.

Between the buildings runs a new access lane, so people dropping off their reusable goods will no longer have to enter the existing retail area, but instead will be routed to the new access lane into the Resource Recovery Park.

The new facility also means changes for people using the RTS.

All domestic traffic heading to the RTS will now go through the new Resource Recovery Park and Seagull Centre staff will help customers sort out any items that can be reused or refurbished for sale.

The customer then takes the rest to the transfer station for disposal. This will have the dual benefit of saving RTS customers money by reducing their loads and also lowering the amount of waste going to landfill.

“Our Council and Thames Community Board are proud to support the establishment of this great initiative which provides local employment, affordable goods, education and training services on environmental management,” says Martin.

Manager of the Seagull Centre, Manus Pretorius, says the new facility not only serves to divert items from landfill but also provides learning opportunities for the community.

“One of the functions of the Resource Recovery Park is a repair workshop so damaged, donated goods can be fixed up while offering the community skills training and an opportunity to participate in the repair process," says Manus.

“The Seagull Centre is a remarkable solution to converting 'waste' into a resource, and on various levels is a community-owned, social enterprise, that delivers on community connection and collaboration.”

The Seagull Centre is a charitable trust that operates independently of the council but is sited on their land.

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