Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre Trust (MBRRCT) is a fledgling charitable trust created in 2020 to plan, establish, maintain and operate a waste reduction and recycling centre in Whitianga.
Whitianga Seagull Centre
The Centre is based upon the successful business model of the Seagull Centre in Thames and will be located at the new Refuse Transfer Station (RTS), which is due to start construction on Moewai Road in 2022.
Purpose of the Trust
Our core purposes are to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, create employment opportunities within our community, on-sell reusable items at affordable rates, and develop or support educational activities on sustainability and environmental management. We will do this by working in conjunction with Thames-Coromandel District Council to construct a drop-off site near the entrance to the new RTS site, where staff will go through what is being delivered and remove anything that can be reused or recycled before you move on to the landfill area. There will then be a shop established which will on-sell reusable items at an affordable rate. As the Centre grows we hope to create opportunities for employment and for volunteers to contribute to helping with our waste reduction and repurposing objectives.
Who are we?
Our team comprises four trustees who volunteer their time and skills, and who are passionate about reducing, recycling, and reusing. The trust is committed, in attaining its purposes, to RESPECT - for the environment, the earth, and each other; COMMUNITY INCLUSION; and INTEGRITY. We will also be working closely with local iwi Ngāti Hei, in a consultancy role, to ensure the project aligns with Te Ao Māori principles.