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We think you’d really enjoy a free tour!

The education space at the New Plymouth recycling processing facility has been revamped! Our walls have been brightened up with informative and interactive displays, and our FREE tours are designed to accommodate a range of ages. 

The New Plymouth recycling processing facility is where items placed in household recycling bins are separated, bailed, ready to be transported off site and transformed into new goods. The site is owned by the New Plymouth District Council, EnviroWaste are in charge of operations, and Sustainable Taranaki are running the education space and tours.

Tour details

Tours take place in the education space which looks down onto the facility through a huge 6m viewing window! They are just over one hour in length, free of charge, and have been tailored to suit young children, reading age students, and adults from across the community. 

Tours can accommodate up to 38 people. They are located on Colson Road in Waiwhakaiho with room for car and bus parking. Unfortunately, to access the education space there is a flight of stairs with no lift access. More information including health and safety forms are available once your group is booked.

Which tour is right for you?

Younger Ones Tour

Tours for young recyclers (kindergarten through to year 4) use actions and hands-on activities to get kids thinking about which items are recyclable. Our huge viewing window is low enough for little legs to check out the machinery in action, and we even have a conveyor belt where they can test their sorting skills. 

Educators and parents are always picking up new info too, plus they help out on the interactive stations where students can move freely after a short talk and demonstrations. A downloadable board game with what and what not to recycle is available. 

Readers Tours

Older students (years 5-9) still enjoy the hands-on activities as well as text-based displays. After students discuss what can and can’t be recycled and WHY, our educator introduces several stations for students to explore. Stations include learning about unwanted items found in our recycling, how our ideas around waste have changed, how common recyclables are made, the sorting process here in New Plymouth, and their sorting skills are put to the test on our conveyor.  

As students rotate through the stations they’re challenged by questions and activities to work through. Activities as well as PDFs of displays are available for download and able to be completed at school.

Public Tour

Public tours are for adults and children from all parts of our community - businesses, clubs, groups and organisations. They’re a great way to learn about what can and can’t be recycled and WHY! You’re encouraged to bring items they’re unsure about recycling and if we can’t be sure, EnviroWaste can. 

After an introduction and sorting of a few items, guests are encouraged to peruse displays on how our ideas around waste have changed, the sorting process here in New Plymouth, how common recyclables are made, and even adults are welcome to test out their sorting skills on the conveyor or play a game on unwanted items found in our recycling. 

Want to know more?

For more information please contact our Zero Waste Educators, Erin Strampel and Lorella Doherty on tours@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz, make a booking enquiry, or check out our Facebook page.