Seagull Centre - Thames

The Seagull Centre is a resource recovery facility on Burke Street in Thames, next to the Thames Refuse Transfer Station, where members of the public may drop off their unwanted items and materials which might normally go to landfill. The contributed goods are then on-sold to the public at very reasonable prices.

The Seagull Centre is an award-winning, registered charitable trust and has been operating from the Thames site since 2004.

Operating as a social enterprise, the Seagull Centre is a community recycling and resource recovery facility generating revenue from the sale of goods and materials contributed by the local community. By diverting waste from landfill, the Seagull Centre is a self-funded operation providing local employment and affordable goods. The centre also provides education and training services on enviromental management and assisting training students into work. Where possible, the centre also contributes goods and grant funding to other organisations.

The Seagull Centre has gone through a major development to establish a Resource Recovery Park and will effectively be doubling operations to significantly increase it impact of waste diversion from landfill. A workshop is part of the expansion where donated goods can be reconditioned or upcycled for sale.

The Resource Recovery Park development has included the relocation (recycling!) of two disused classrooms from a local primary school which are used for workshop space and skills training in the repair and rejuvenation of furniture, appliances and other equipment.

Domestic traffic bound for the Refuse Transfer Station to dump unwanted goods is now directed through the expanded Seagull Centre where staff will help customers sort out furniture and equipment that can be sold at the centre's shop or reconditioned in the new workshop.

If you are interested in being involved as a volunteer, call into the centre and talk to our staff. It is regarded as one of the most popular businesses in town and there is always lots happening.


104 Burke St, Thames
PO Box 396, Thames


Retail Centre: Monday to Sunday 9.30am-4pm

Resource Recovery Park: Same as the adjacent Refuse Transfer Station. Check here.

Public holidays
The Seagull Centre is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, day after New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday.


Contact number: 028 406 2758