Envision developed the concept of a Resource Recovery Network (RRN) for the Auckland region in 2005. Our report, 'Reclaiming Auckland's Resources', gave a vision for a network of up to 60 Community Recycling Centres, and 5 Resource Recovery Parks, working with existing enterprises to divert as much waste as possible from landfill.
'Reclaiming Auckland's Resources' was well received by the mayors of the various legacy councils, but it was with the forming of the super city in 2010 that the vision really came into it's own and was adopted by Auckland Council as a key way of achieving Zero Waste by 2040.
Since then, Envision has supported the development of the RRN in a number of ways. We have provided:
- Technical advice - on the structure, scope and nature of the RRN
- Site design - concept drawings for site layouts
- Research - projections on the number of staff, local economic impact, and diversion potential of various operations
- Community engagement - workshops, presentations, group facilitation
- Mentorship - of organisations establishing new community-led resource recovery enterprises
The future is bright for the RRN! Momentum has been established and new enterprises and initiatives are emerging monthly. We're looking forward to seeing how the RRN develops from here, but for now, the following videos give a good overview of some of the great things happening within the RRN currently.