Longer opening hours approved for resource recovery park

​Friday 2 June 2017

Ashburton District Council yesterday voted to increase the opening hours of the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park, giving locals more time to get to the park during weekdays and weekends.

As of 1 July 2017, the park will be open an extra hour on weekdays and an extra two hours on Saturdays, opening between 8.00am and 6.00pm. It will also open earlier on Sundays, operating from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says the longer opening times should be a welcome change for locals wanting to get to the park after work or at earlier times on the weekend.

“We’ve received feedback that residents would like more time to get to the park, especially during daylight savings when the days are longer and more jobs can get done. We hope the longer hours will be more convenient for everyone.”

The extended opening hours are not expected to increase revenue, and the additional operating costs of $33,079 for the extended opening hours will be covered within the existing 2017-18 Annual Plan budget.

Mr Goodwin adds the longer opening times are the latest changes in ongoing improvements to the resource recovery park, which has been in the process of getting a new layout. Visitors to the recycling and weighbridge area now enter a different gate, which limits traffic flows past the front of the re-use shop. New road markings and security fencing has also been completed.

The extended opening hours for the park on weekdays and Saturday will only apply during daylight savings time, and will return to their original opening times when this period ends. 

The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park currently opens from 8.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays, 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays and 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Sundays. For more information on the district’s resource recovery parks, visit the Council website.

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