Groups needed to help with collection
Hinuera-Te Poi Lions are always looking for groups to work on the club’s monthly paper drive.
The run takes about two hours for eight or nine cars with trailers to pick up newspaper, and takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
Households are asked to put out their newspaper on this day for collection by the group ‘‘on duty’’.
Carter Holt Harvey Fullcircle Recycling trucks the paper to its baling plant in Hamilton, the company’s general manager Matthew Hitchings says.
From there, it goes to a pulp mill in Tokoroa, where it is recycled.
It substituted having to cut down more trees, Hitchings says.
Carter Holt pays the Lions a small rebate, though Hitchings says the cost of transport cut into the price.
Despite that and the fact that the price for recycled papers has dropped – it is now $10 a tonne, whereas last year it was $40 a tonne – Hinuera-Te Poi Lions president John Rea says the club would continue to do the drives as a service to other clubs that need to fundraise.
All of the proceeds from the drives go to the groups that help.
Hitchings says his company was involved in paper drives because it was a good community service and ‘‘recycling is the right thing to do’’.
To sign up to be part of collecting, contact John Rea on 888 7089.