Lit­tle ones help to re­cy­cle waste

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

The chil­dren at East­ern Sub­urbs Preschool in Ro­torua are di­vert­ing non-re­cy­clable yo­ghurt pouches from land­fill as part of a re­cy­cling pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme is op­er­ated by Fon­terra and re­cy­cling pi­o­neers Ter­ra­cy­cle.

The preschool also has the chance to win a pack of lunch bags and pen­cil cases which are made from up­cy­cled yo­ghurt pouches in a na­tional re­cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion called the Fon­terra Snap, Re­cy­cle and Win com­pe­ti­tion.

Once the yo­ghurt pouches are col­lected, East­ern Sub­urbs Preschool packs and sends them to Ter­ra­cy­cle, which shreds, cleans and melts the pouches down into raw ma­te­ri­als which are used to cre­ate gar­den beds, park benches and play­grounds.

Ad­di­tion­ally, for each kilo­gram of yo­ghurt pouch waste sent to Ter­ra­cy­cle, East­ern Sub­urbs Preschool earns $1.

Wendy Clarke from East­ern Sub­urbs Preschool says the chil­dren de­cided to join the pro­gramme af­ter con­duct­ing a waste au­dit of the chil­dren’s lunch­boxes to see how they could re­duce waste.

“Over two weeks we in­spected what the chil­dren’s lunch­box waste in­cluded and found that empty yo­ghurt pouches were a reg­u­lar item.

“We’ve started pro­mot­ing our re­cy­cling work to the preschool fam­i­lies and are happy for mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to bring their empty yo­ghurt pouches to us for re­cy­cling.”

Lo­cals can help East­ern Sub­urbs Preschool win the up­cy­cled prizes by drop­ping all brands of used yo­ghurt pouches to the preschool for re­cy­cling, while those in­ter­ested in re­cy­cling their ‘non-re­cy­clable’ waste, in­clud­ing oral care waste, cof­fee cap­sules and plas­tic food stor­age waste, can go to the Ter­ra­cy­cle web­site.

Ter­ra­cy­cle Aus­tralia and New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Jean Bail­liard says they are in­spired by the com­mit­ment of New Zealand schools to re­cy­cling, and by their hard work in raising aware­ness about waste and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Ter­ra­cy­cle op­er­ates sev­eral free re­cy­cling pro­grammes that help New Zealan­ders re­cy­cle hard-to-re­cy­cle waste, such as cof­fee cap­sules, tooth­brushes and yo­ghurt pouches.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ter­ra­cy­

Photo / Sup­plied

(From left) War­ren Mug­geridge, Evie Mug­geridge, Ken­zie Teaz, Con­nell Clarke and Jared Kings­land with yo­ghurt pouches.

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