Re­cy­cled school books a win­ner

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Re­cy­cling un­used school books into new ones has earned a group of teens a $2000 pay­cheque.

Team Gy­ropad won the so­cial en­ter­prise com­pe­ti­tion Kick­start Chal­lenge, or­gan­ised by stu­dent-led group So­cial In­no­va­tion.

Ep­som teens Hailie Xie, David Zheng and Andrew Qi worked with Paku­ranga’s Aditya Arolkar and Al­bany’s Louisa Wang on the Kick­start project.

Univer­sity stu­dents Hay­ley Yu, of Mt Roskill, and Re­muera’s Kate McCormack men­tored the five high school stu­dents dur­ing the two-month project.

Gy­ropad mem­bers re­flected on their own ex­pe­ri­ences of high school to find smaller prob­lems they could solve. They then sur­veyed 10 pri­mary schools and five high schools and found many people do not know what hap­pens to used school books.

Hailie says the group de­cided to re­cy­cle the un­used or in­com­plete work books into new ones.

‘‘People had a lot of books, ex­er­cise or note­books, that they didn’t re­ally use, maybe it was only half used or they only used a few pages.

‘‘They couldn’t re­ally re­use the books the next year . . . so we re­ally wanted to solve this prob­lem of re­ally huge paper wastage.

‘‘Right now there is a grow­ing in­ter­est to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity,’’ Hailie says.

‘‘We thought that this would be a re­ally good way of pro­vid­ing some hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence for pri­mary school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate and re­ally see what hap­pens to the paper when it gets re­cy­cled and what they can do.’’

Af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, they pre­sented their busi­ness case to a panel of so­cial en­ter­prise groups, mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the Auck­land Coun­cil.

They were awarded $2000 out of a $3000 prize pool which will cover the cost of tak­ing their re­cy­cling work­shops to Auck­land pri­mary schools.

High school stu­dents will host the work­shops and teach pri­mary pupils about re­cy­cling pro­cesses and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Big win: Team Gy­ropad wins fund­ing, from left: Hay­ley Yu, Aditya Arolkar, Hailie Xie, David Zheng, Louisa Wang, Andrew Qi and Kate McCormack.

Go to cen­tral­ and click Lat­est Edi­tion to hear more about re­cy­cling paper.

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