Waste helps fund housing outcomes in Taupo

  • Media Release - Habitat for Humanity - 4 May 2018

    Waste diverted from landfill in Taupo will now help raise funds for housing outcomes, thanks to a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Central North Island and EnviroWaste.

    The housing charity and the resource recovery specialist have joined together to make the most of operating a Reuse store, at the Taupo Landfill Centre.

    Habitat for Humanity Central North Island General Manager Nic Greene said the Taupo Reuse store was the first of its kind in the region operated by Habitat, and was an "important and emerging form of social enterprise".

    "All funds raised by Habitat in the region go towards helping people with programmes including critical home repair, our operation of social rental and pensioner housing, and assisted home ownership" Greene said.

    "This new opportunity to divert reusable items at the point of landfill – in addition to the recycling work already done at the Taupo Landfill site by EnviroWaste - is win-win for both organisations," Greene said.

    "It means less volume to landfill – and local people now have the opportunity to shop for household and construction items knowing every cent goes towards housing need."

    Greene said the Reuse store would be taking donations of goods from people who were visiting the site for recycling or waste disposal reasons, or who wanted to donate household items, seven days a week.

    He also encouraged Taupo locals who hadn't been to the site for a while to make a trip to visit the new Reuse store.

    "We've got everything in there now, from clothing to furniture, and would be pleased to take donations of quality used goods from any local businesses that share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live."

    Greene said that with a large network of stores, Habitat could "effectively take the pain away for companies that need to ethically dispose of items that they might have replaced or renovated on a large scale."

    Below:  Images of the Reuse store

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