Milk in schools a re­cy­cling ex­er­cise

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Fon­terra Co-op­er­a­tive Group has wel­comed the re­cy­cling prod­uct stew­ard­ship ac­cred­i­ta­tion by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Amy Adams for the Fon­terra Milk for Schools pro­gramme.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion recog­nises Fon­terra Milk for Schools’ com­mit­ment to ef­fec­tively man­ag­ing used pack­ag­ing and the ben­e­fits the pro­gramme’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion com­po­nent pro­vides schools and their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘When we de­vel­oped the Fon­terra Milk for Schools con­cept, an im­por­tant el­e­ment was mak­ing sure that we could have in place an ef­fec­tive re­cy­cling pro­gramme,’’ Fon­terra global sus­tain­abil­ity and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity di­rec­tor Carly Robin­son said.

‘‘All schools that sign up to the pro­gramme are pro­vided with a re­cy­cling bin, bin liners and a free col­lec­tion ser­vice from Fon­terra to en­sure all milk packs are re­cy­cled.

‘‘It’s not just about pro­vid­ing the re­cy­cling ser­vice, it’s also about ed­u­cat­ing Kiwi kids on the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling.

‘‘To do this, we have cre­ated re­cy­cling guide­line packs, a re­cy­cling video and have had rep­re­sen­ta­tives visit each school to en­sure they un­der­stand the pro­gramme.’’

All pack­ag­ing col­lected by Fon­terra is brought back to one of its sites to be baled then sent to in­ter­na­tional re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties to com­plete the re­cy­cling process.

There the milk packs are made into roof tiles, books and pa­per.

‘‘There are cur­rently no fa­cil­i­ties in New Zealand that have the abil­ity to re­cy­cle this type of pack­ag­ing, mak­ing the fa­cil­i­ties in Malaysia and Thai­land the clos­est and most eco-ef­fi­cient process to re­cy­cle the pack­ag­ing,’’ Ms Robin­son said.

Al­most 7000 re­cy­cling bins have been made so far by New Zealand man­u­fac­turer Sulo-Talbot for Fon­terra Milk for Schools, which is pro­vid­ing dis­counted bins made of up to 60 per cent re­cy­cled milk bot­tles for the pro­gramme which is now in more than 1000 schools na­tion­wide.

Fon­terra Milk for Schools is the 10th prod­uct stew­ard­ship scheme to be ac­cred­ited in New Zealand un­der the Waste Min­imi­sa­tion Act 2008.

For more about prod­uct stew­ard­ship go to: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/is­sues/waste/ prod­uct-stew­ard­ship/in­dex.html.

Photo: NI­COLA STEWART

Yum!: Firth Pri­mary stu­dents Anaru Rawiri and Waata Wharawhara take the first sip of their free milk sup­plied by Fon­terra.

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