The Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre has built a bespoke Affordable Wash Station for use at festivals and events across Hawke’s Bay.

The enclosed trailer system was built in Tauranga with funding from the Lotteries Board, Hastings District Council and the Environment Centre. It is one of the first of its kind in New Zealand and has two commercial sterilisers inside so all crockery (cups, plates, bowls) and cutlery (knives, forks, spoons) can be washed on site and then re-used.

“It will support organisers for events and festivals to reduce their wastes from single use plastic by washing reusable serveware on site,” says Environment Centre Operations Manager Emma Buchanan.

At the moment the trailer is being tested and the Centre has been accepting donations of crockery and cutlery to trial.

“We are also looking for a name for the trailer,” says Emma, “and we keen to talk to and work with event managers and food truck owners.”

You can view the Wash Station on Facebook here

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  1. I have been trying to recycle my plastic etc, but the door was papered up. Is the Environment Centre still going?

  2. Sophie, the Centre at 201 Southland Road, was closed after the lovely manager finished up about 4 weeks ago. There is a sign on the papered windows saying REOPENING is happening on July 3rd. My recycling pile is just growing until then. So hold on.

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