New Rethink waste centre to improve enviro hub

Week of events will celebrate opening.

Week of events will celebrate opening.

ENVIRO HUB: Gisborne District Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister (left) with a piece of recycled art, part of the information displays at the new Rethink Waste Education Centre. She is with Theresa Zame of Tairawhiti Environment Centre, where the Rethink Centre is housed in Palmerston Road. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE finishing touches have been applied to the new Rethink Waste Education Centre, which is about to open with a week of events to celebrate.

It is housed in the same building as Tairawhiti Environment Centre in Palmerston Road, backing on to the Department of Conservation.

Gisborne District Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister hopes the centre will become a hub for environmental groups.

“It could become a bit of a hub for the different environmental groups to run workshops. It is very exciting.”

The original centre at Innes Street was established in 2004 to engage the community on issues around waste.

“The new centre is more user friendly and in a more accessible location for people to check it out,” Ms Lister says.

It includes a range of updated information displays and models about waste education.

It opens officially next Monday, with a Food Lovers Master Class from 6.30 to 8.30pm and a focus on reducing food waste.

On Tuesday, March 21, is a Waste Free Parenting class with Kate Meads, aka “the nappy lady”, from 9.30am to noon.

Composting and bokashi

On Wednesday there will be a composting and bokashi workshop at 5pm and on Saturday, March 25, a do-it-yourself natural body butter workshop.

The centre is open to everyone during TEC’s opening hours, which are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Ms Lister says the centre is open to groups of people such as schools, friends and family who want to learn about different types of waste and how it is managed.

They can arrange to be taken through with an educational guide.

Workshops and education sessions will be run in conjunction with TEC, with opportunities for broader collaborations with DoC.

TEC project manager Theresa Zame says they are excited about the collaborative opportunities and the shared workshop area.

The centre space will be sub-leased by the council from TEC and fully funded from central government though the council’s allocation of the waste minimisation fund.

For more information on the events contact TEC on 867 4708.

For the waste free parenting workshop visit www.thenappylady.co.nz

THE finishing touches have been applied to the new Rethink Waste Education Centre, which is about to open with a week of events to celebrate.

It is housed in the same building as Tairawhiti Environment Centre in Palmerston Road, backing on to the Department of Conservation.

Gisborne District Council waste minimisation officer Anne Lister hopes the centre will become a hub for environmental groups.

“It could become a bit of a hub for the different environmental groups to run workshops. It is very exciting.”

The original centre at Innes Street was established in 2004 to engage the community on issues around waste.

“The new centre is more user friendly and in a more accessible location for people to check it out,” Ms Lister says.

It includes a range of updated information displays and models about waste education.

It opens officially next Monday, with a Food Lovers Master Class from 6.30 to 8.30pm and a focus on reducing food waste.

On Tuesday, March 21, is a Waste Free Parenting class with Kate Meads, aka “the nappy lady”, from 9.30am to noon.

Composting and bokashi

On Wednesday there will be a composting and bokashi workshop at 5pm and on Saturday, March 25, a do-it-yourself natural body butter workshop.

The centre is open to everyone during TEC’s opening hours, which are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Ms Lister says the centre is open to groups of people such as schools, friends and family who want to learn about different types of waste and how it is managed.

They can arrange to be taken through with an educational guide.

Workshops and education sessions will be run in conjunction with TEC, with opportunities for broader collaborations with DoC.

TEC project manager Theresa Zame says they are excited about the collaborative opportunities and the shared workshop area.

The centre space will be sub-leased by the council from TEC and fully funded from central government though the council’s allocation of the waste minimisation fund.

For more information on the events contact TEC on 867 4708.

For the waste free parenting workshop visit www.thenappylady.co.nz

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