Successful Steptoe 12 corner
'On the way to zero waste'BARBARA WITHINGTON
It began as a few items on a shelf nicknamed Steptoe Corner 12 years ago. Now the Central Otago Wastebusters Recycle Shop has a six figure turnover and is set to open seven days a week.
From Labour Weekend, the premises in Boundary Rd will open on weekends but not Labour Day itself, being a public holiday.
General manager Trevor Goudie said the organisation was trying to be more closely aligned with people's shopping habits.
''We hope that when they go out to their children's sporting events they will also drop off their recyclables and have a look at what is new in the shop this week.''
''There is a lot of nickel and dime stuff but also some very good items that people have donated.
''The staff have put these on a two-week silent auction to get the best price. There are now 477 people on an email list to be alerted to any such items because it is very difficult to know how to price them.''
They must get it right as turnover during the 2012-13 year was a six-fold increase on 2002.
The present retail outlet is an extension of the existing recycling building with no way of heating it successfully in winter, or cooling it in the summer, so plans are under way for a purpose-built retail outlet with people spaces and education rooms.
''On the way to zero waste, it is all about educating businesses and the general public about waste management'' Mr Goudie said.
''The more people look carefully at how things are packaged and what is being thrown away, the more that the increasing volumes we are experiencing will start to slow down.
''We also want to create a space for enterprise development, allowing things to happen, for example taking three bikes that don't work and creating one that does, or taking a whole heap of scrap metal and creating a garden sculpture.''
Such plans have reached the drawing board with the first concept drawings being considered.
- The Mirror