School rev­els in re­cy­cling re­ward

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART,

Hin­uera School stu­dents are swap­ping scrap pa­per for seedlings as part of the na­tion­wide Paper4trees scheme.

Last week the kids planted 15 na­tive seedlings that they earned by re­cy­cling pa­per and card­board at their school.

Prin­ci­pal Dean McDon­nell said the ini­tia­tive taught the chil­dren about sus­tain­abil­ity and the re­cy­cling process.

‘‘We are get­ting the kids to un­der­stand why they need to re­cy­cle,’’ Mr McDon­nell said.

‘‘As an En­vi­roschool, we try to teach the kids about look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment for the fu­ture, so it fits in with that re­ally well.’’

Paper4trees was set up to en­cour­age schools and preschools to re­duce the amount of waste they send to landfill.

Schools are pro­vided with an easy-to-use pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling sys­tem and re­ceive one na­tive plant for ev­ery two cu­bic me­tres of pa­per they re­cy­cle in a year.

Last year, Hin­uera School col­lected about 900 green re­cy­cling bins of scrap pa­per and card­board.

Mr McDon­nell said the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil had re­ally jumped on board with the project.

‘‘We don’t get reg­u­lar re­cy­cling col­lec­tion out here, so a cou­ple of coun­cil guys come and pick all the pa­per up and take it to the trans­fer sta­tion for us,’’ he said.

The Paper4trees pro­gramme is spon­sored by na­tional spon­sors, local busi­nesses, cor­po­rate spon­sors and local govern­ment.

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