Ev­ery­one’s a win­ner in silage com­pe­ti­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The win­ners of the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil Silage Wrap Com­pe­ti­tion have been an­nounced and two Mata­mata schools have taken top hon­ours.

First prize went to El­stowWai­hou Com­bined School. They will re­ceive $1500 and a voucher for $1500 worth of Eco-Fer­tiliser which the school can raf­fle. Hin­uera School took sec­ond place and will re­ceive $1000 and a voucher for $1000 worth of Eco-Fer­tiliser.

Firth Pri­mary School came third equal with Manawaru School and the prize of $500 and a $500 voucher worth of EcoFer­tiliser will be split.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion was to pro­mote the re­cy­cling of silage wrap as an al­ter­na­tive to burn­ing and bury­ing by en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers to choose their lo­cal school they wish to sup­port.

Schools reg­is­tered with the coun­cil if they wanted to par­tic­i­pate and re­ceived a cash do­na­tion for do­ing so. Farm­ers then chose which school they wanted to sup­port when they bought re­cy­cling bags.

While the com­pe­ti­tion was of great ben­e­fit to the schools, the farm­ers had an in­cen­tive to re­cy­cle – the coun­cil hopes re­cy­cling will be­come part of their farm­ing prac­tices – ben­e­fit­ing the environment and help­ing to min­imise waste in the district. The com­pe­ti­tion ran from Fe­bru­ary to Au­gust. Around 20 schools reg­is­tered and about 50 farm­ers signed up.

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