Some simple but effective ideas for reducing our environmental impact by recycling and reusing can be found at Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre’s new Eco Shop.
The little shop, in a converted shipping container, opened last month and the idea is to listen to customer feedback and add more products over time.
There is a refill station for Eco Store brand dishwashing and laundry liquids and multi-purpose cleaner, and a tag and test station so that electrical appliances can be checked before re-sale.
Locally sourced items include coats for toddlers made of wool blankets and plants from a supplier in Waiwera.
The Hibiscus Men’s Shed has built a recycling station that would be useful at home, and can be made to order.
Other useful products include rubber Safewaste straps designed to stop the lids of wheelie bins from blowing open, or coming open when the bins fall over. When the bin is tipped into the recycling or rubbish truck, the weight allows it to open.
Buckets can be purchased for the home or workplace to fill with batteries of any size – including the small ones. When the bucket is full, it can be taken back to the Recycling Centre and the batteries are recycled. The cost of the bucket – around $35 – covers the recycling cost.
The Eco Shop, at 637 Whangaparaoa Road is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-2pm.