Help kids to learn about re­cy­cling

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Re­cy­cling is sec­ond na­ture to many New Zealan­ders at home and Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week is an op­por­tu­nity to take our good habits into the community, to work and to school.

How­ever, most schools and preschools around New Zealand al­ready have ef­fi­cient re­cy­cling sys­tems in place – es­pe­cially those in­volved in the Paper4trees pro­gramme, which pro­vides schools with an in-house pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling sys­tem free of charge, thanks to lo­cal spon­sors.

Paper4trees is man­aged by The En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion for Re­source Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust (EERST), a not-for-profit, Bay of Plenty-based or­gan­i­sa­tion.

EERST, through Paper4trees, pro­vides schools and preschools with 30-litre green plas­tic re­cy­cling bins for ev­ery room where pa­per and card­board is gen­er­ated.

These bins are hardy and easy to use, giv­ing students the op­por­tu­nity to take charge and of­ten re­sults in more pa­per and card­board be­ing re­cy­cled and re­duced dis­posal fees.

EERST also pro­vide schools and preschools with an in­cen­tive to re­cy­cle, free na­tive plants! Paper4trees re­wards schools and preschools with one na­tive plant for ev­ery two cu­bic me­tres of pa­per and card­board they re­cy­cle or di­vert from land­fill, hence the name, Paper4trees.

Schools and preschools are re­quired to or­gan­ise how their re­cy­cling is col­lected, EERST sim­ply pro­vides the in- house re­sources needed to make the sys­tem work as well as the in­cen­tive of na­tive plants for their school grounds or to do­nate to a lo­cal community project.

Once schools and preschools see how easy it is to start a pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling sys­tem, they of­ten start re­cy­cling other ma­te­ri­als such as bot­tles and food scraps.

Since 2001, Paper4trees schools and preschools throughout NZ have re­cy­cled and di­verted more than 25,500 tonnes of pa­per and card­board and saved 200,000 cu­bic me­tres of land­fill space.

For this amaz­ing ef­fort, they have been re­warded with more than 100,000 na­tive plants!

More than 300 Waikato re­gional schools and preschools are cur­rently busy re­cy­cling their pa­per and card­board and will be able to or­der plants for their 2012 pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling ef­forts in De­cem­ber.

So look out for the 2012 Paper4trees or­der form that will be emailed to you soon!

A huge thank you to cur­rent Waikato Paper4trees spon­sors, Hol­cim (New Zealand) Ltd, Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund, Rent-a-Dent, Brunt­wood Nurs­eries and the fol­low­ing lo­cal coun­cils: Hau­raki, Mata­mata- Pi­ako, Otoro­hanga, Taupo, Thames- Coro­man­del, Waikato and Wait­omo.

Paper4trees is look­ing for po­ten­tial spon­sors so think about it. Does your busi­ness want to be in­volved with an ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages more than250,000 Kiwi kids to get hands on ex­pe­ri­ence in waste min­imi­sa­tion, that en­ables teach­ing staff to ed­u­cate their students about na­tive NZ flora and fauna and that pro­vides the re­sources schools and preschools need to make re­cy­cling a re­al­ity? There are many ben­e­fits to be­com­ing a spon­sor. Contact EERST to hear the op­tions on 0800 727 4873 or email paper4trees@eerst.co.nz.

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