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Community recognition and some commercial assistance has been given to Waihemo Wastebusters, the Palmerston-based recycling group, which is in its fourth year of operation.
Waihemo Wastebusters chairman Dr Pat Shannon said support had come from the Waihemo Community Board, Oceana Gold and many of their contractors, Oceana Gold funding allowing for, among others, volunteers and an administrator to be paid.
Fifty-five householders in the Palmerston-Waihemo area now recycle using the kerb collection service, Oceana Gold and many of their contractors also recycling their waste and the Palmerston rubbish bins contractor diverting recyclable material to Waihemo Wastebusters.
This meant Waihemo Wastebusters and the Palmerston-Waihemo community were now diverting about two tonnes of materials a year that would otherwise go to the Palmerston landfill, Dr Shannon said.