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Waipukurau Transfer Station - Glass Bunkers

Council has received a $20k grant from the Glass Packaging Forum to assist in revamping the Glass Storage bunkers at the Waipukurau Transfer station.

Waipukurau Transfer Station – Glass Bunkers

Council has received confirmation of a $20k grant from the Glass Packaging Forum to assist in revamping the Glass Storage bunkers at the Waipukurau Transfer station, this funding has been topped up by the Solid Waste team and from the Waste Levy fund to make the project possible.

The old bunkers are not big enough - glass must be sorted into its three base colours (clear, green and brown) before being recycled into new containers, and bunkers which are too small can cause contamination as colours accidentally mix.

The new larger bunkers will be in the existing location, but will be constructed of 600mm thick interlocking concrete blocks (over 100 tons worth). This will mean a fast build time, a stronger structure and allows for future expansion if needed.

Barkers Contracting have been engaged as our construction partner and we will be working with them and the Solid Waste team to finalise a schedule for construction.

Existing Glass Bunkers

Existing Glass Bunkers, Waipukurau Transfer Station

 

Interbloc example pic

An example of Interlocking Concrete Bunkers

Supported by the Glass Packaging Forum, CHBDC and contract partners Barkers Contracting are about to start an upgrade to the glass storage area at the Waipukurau Transfer Station. This area is the area currently used for the storage of glass prior to it being sent to a recycling facility. The upgrade aims to provide greater storage capacity and enable future expansion as required.

Construction is starting on the 15th of February and is expected to take approximately 7 weeks to complete.

We do not expect this construction to cause any significant disruption to the operation of the Transfer station with alternate locations expected for the disposal of both scrap metal and broken concrete. 

Due to the risk of the glass becoming contaminated within the temporary bunkers, glass will be sent to the Waipukarau Landfill to be recycled there as a substrate material for future development of cells at the landfill. Once the bunker project is complete, normal glass recycling operations will continue with our recycling partners.

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