Paper For Trees

P4T logoOtago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2016. They have:
bullet Diverted 311 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
bullet Prevented 1,678 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
bullet Saved 2,486 cubic metres of landfill space
bullet Earned 1,300 native trees thanks to the Paper4Trees Scheme.

We at MAC have earned 32 trees in 2016. We planted 16 and decided to carry over the other 16 to add to our 2017 earned trees and organise a school-wide plating event.

Keep up the good work with recycling!


16 more trees planted

Mount Aspiring College has earned 32 trees in 2016 thanks to our paper and cardboard recycling. We planted 16 on Friday lunchtime.


Thank you to the senior students who volunteered, to the trees sponsor Ziptrek Ecotours, to Te Kakano for growing them and to Paper4Trees for organising this scheme.

And Thank You everyone for recycling!

We will plant the other trees next year in a school wide event -we need 44 trees to have one per whanau for this event.

Recycling monitoring

In 2016, we earn 32 trees from our recycling effort, up one tree from previous years. We have started monitoring precisely so we can see our progress.

Recycling 2016-17

And so we can analyse that a lot of recycling has happened in the 3rd and 4th term of 2016.

In 2017, paper recycling has definitely reduced and this is coherent considering the effort our school is doing to become paperless.

Cardboard and plastic recycling are more consistent in 2017. Let’s keep the recycling effort up!

We will try and get the data for the rubbish.

Recycling at MAC

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Please empty the classroom red crates into the yellow recycling bins on the campus.

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  • Paper (must be clean)
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Empty glass bottles
  • Empty  plastic containers with a number on the base (1-7)
  • Aluminium cans and clean tin cans

Basically recycling is dry and clean.

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These can’t be recycled:

  • Food scraps
  • Glad wrap
  • Tin foil & foil bags
  • Plastic wrappers
  • Yogurt pottles
  • Empty drink boxes (eg. Up and Go)
  • Plastic bags
  • Noodle & soup containers
  • Milkshake and hot chip cups
  • Used tissues, canteen napkins
  • Straws

So all these go in the grey or blue rubbish bins.

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This is what we currently find in the recycling bins: dirty plastic glass, straws, gladwrap, dirty paper… we can do better! Please stop putting rubbish in the recycling! 2017 Recycling presentation (6)

Only pigs litter. It’s disgusting! So put your rubbish in your lunchbox, pocket or bin near you, or you are a pig.

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Litter flies, litter floats, litter kills.

An estimated 100 000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic litter every year around the world. And approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic!

So please don’t litter!


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Recycling saves money, is respectful and saves the environment.

So pick up your rubbish and recycle. Thank you!

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Hello, Otago Paper4trees schools and preschools!

Here’s what you’ll find in our Term 4 newsletter…

  • Paper4trees update
  • A message from Bin Inn
  • Local sponsors
  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • A chance to WIN a gift pack from The Body Shop!
  • Term 3 Competition winner
  • Awesome Eco Products – with special Paper4trees discounts!
  • Recycling Week Competition

Paper4trees Update

Most trees have been delivered!

  We are still trying to secure funding for Dunedin trees. We will let Dunedin schools and preschools know as soon as confirmed. In the meantime, please get your orders in.

Otago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2015. So far they have:
bullet Diverted 270 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
bullet Prevented 1,463 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
bullet Saved 2,167 cubic metres of landfill space
bullet Earned 896 native trees
That is a great effort! Keep up the great work!

Joined from 1st October 2015 onwards? You will be able to order trees next year. In the meantime, please make sure you have activated your online account via the Paper4trees website as you will need to record your paper and cardboard recycling rates throughout the year.The next round for tree ordering will be 1st January 2017 – 31st March 2017.

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New ordering round starting January 1st

From January 1st you will be able to place a new order for trees! This will be based on your school/preschool’s 2015 paper and cardboard recycling efforts. Please remember to log in to the Paper4trees website to record your recycling. 
This is very important as we do not email out tree order forms – the entire process is now done online at Click on the link in the next section for our step by step guide explaining how to use the database and create your account for the first time.

A message from Bin Inn

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“The Bin Inn Foodstores are thoroughly enjoying being a major sponsor and supporter of the Paper4trees programme throughout NZ.

We especially appreciate the many cards and thank you letters we receive from the various schools and kindergartens. The children in many cases put in a lot of effort with their individual and personal thank you cards and we really appreciate their efforts and commitment.

The Bin Inn Retail Group employs under contract a Healthy Food Ambassador and in the months ahead we plan as part of our sponsorship, to provide those schools and kindergartens who participate in the Paper4trees programme with exciting healthy lunch options for the children as well as recipes for Healthy Food they can prepare in the kitchen at home with their parents and caregivers.”

Thank You to our Otago Sponsors

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Love Food Hate Waste

Food waste is a massive problem in New Zealand. 

Every year Kiwis send 122,547 tonnes of food to landfill, all of which could have been eaten. Not only is wasting food costing us money, it is also bad for the environment. Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign run by WasteMINZ in conjunction with 59 councils and community groups from around NZ. It started in Great Britain in 2007 and has reduced the amount of waste that British households throughout. The campaign is also being run in Vancouver, New South Wales and Victoria.

For more information head to

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Congratulations to…

Our Term 3 competition winner – TKKM o Te Ara Rima in Hamilton! 

Thank you for sending through your photo. You have won a gift pack from The Body Shop which will be sent out to you shortly!

Term 3 Competition!

Show us how your school has promoted or increased awareness of Paper4trees in your school/preschool, and you will go in the draw to WIN A GIFT PACK FROM THE BODY SHOP! This could be in the form of photos, video clips, a small write up, or anything you like. Get creative with it!

Thanks to The Body Shop for donating product for the newsletter competitions.

The winners will be announced in the next eNewsletter.

Logging in to your online account

Log in to your online account to record your paper and cardboard recycling efforts and order trees each year.

Step 1: Head to

Step 2: Click on the School/Preschool Login button on the right hand side of the homepage

Step 3: Enter your email address and password and click Login. If you’ve forgotten your password or don’t have one – click Forgot Password and follow the prompts.

If the system doesn’t recognise your email address, please contact us on 07 578 7025 or 0800 727 4873. This will just mean it isn’t saved in our system.

Check out these awesome Eco Products!

Interested in ordering any of these products and want to support Paper4trees? Click here to view them on our website
Or reply to this email for more info and special discounts!

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2016 Mission

This year, our mission is to increase the awareness of Paper4trees in each and every school or preschool that is signed up to the programme. Ideally, the whole school will know about their involvement in Paper4trees, why it is necessary to divert paper and cardboard from landfill, and that by putting their paper and cardboard in the classroom recycling bins, they are earning native trees for their school/preschool.

Some ways you can increase the awareness of Paper4trees in your school/preschool include:
bullet Promotion via assembly
bullet Promote Enviro Monitor Badges
bullet Put classroom posters in each room
bulletWhen writing duties on the whiteboard, write Paper4trees recycling rather than rubbish and recycling
bulletShow the eBooks
bulletHave a competition using The Great Waste Sort
bulletEncourage participation in planting the trees you receive

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New bin poster available for download and print here

Recycling Week Competition

Recycling Week aims to raise awareness about recycling and help people improve their recycling habits. Now in its 5th year, an increasing number of schools are having fun and learning a lot by proactively taking part in Recycling Week. Each day of the week has an easy to remember theme that will challenge your school to re-think its recycling habits. Recycling Week could be a great opportunity to evaluate your schools recycling systems before the New Year.

With the support of The Warehouse, primary and intermediate schools are also invited to take part in the ‘Plastic to Fantastic’ Recycling Challenge with $1000 in prizes up for grabs. The brief is to create a useful item out of single-use plastic materials sourced from the schools waste/recycling stream. The item must be a lower cost alternative to replace something that is currently used in the school.

Find out more and how your school can get involved at

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Do your students take charge of environmental initiatives in your school? Paper4trees ‘Enviro Monitor’ Badges are the perfect way acknowledge their efforts and encourage other students to get involved too – Click here to order!
Badges are $2.50 each (+GST & postage)

Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic day.

Paper4trees60Satsuki Takenouchi
Paper4trees Programme Administrator
0800 727 4873

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Recycling Art Competition Results

There were 14 entries in the Recycling art competition, from colorful to scary, small or large, skillful or put together in 2 minutes! With an outstanding participation of Roy, the winning house is Roy, followed by Pisa, Iron and Barker.
The winning whanau is PVA with its “Fancy Floral Recycled Art” and won organic fair trade chocolates to share and celebrate and the Team Green Trophy!

Recycle your old phone

Phone_recyclingWe now have mobile phone recycling box in the library.

Recycling phones is important because:

  • handsets that are still operational will be sold overseas, reducing the demand for new handsets and associated environmental impacts of their manufacture
  • the unwanted phones are diverted from landfill
  • phones contain valuable materials that can be reused when dismantled.

To protect your data, just perform a factory reset before you drop it in the box.

Benefits go to Sustainable Coastlines who helps Team Green with our riparian tree planting project.

Put rubbish in the right bin


The school fills in a full skip each week which costs $80 to empty, plus the weight of rubbish (nearly $200 per tonne!).
80% of the skip content can be recycled.
And recycling is free! So the idea is to remove the recycling from the skip.

3 bin types

There is now a yellow (recycling) bin next to each rubbish bin in the college.
Some large red  crates with a clear sign RECYCLE have been placed in many classes and soon in all of them. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send students to empty them in the yellow bins outside.
Lastly, large grey or green wheelie bins will receive the rubbish that goes to landfill.

What to recycle


If we divert a third of rubbish to the recycling, we’ll save $2100 per year.

Just put rubbish in the right bin! 

Recycling to another level!

Recycling_signThe school fills in a full skip each week which costs $80 to empty + the weight of rubbish!
75% comes from classrooms, the rest from the wheelie bins.

The idea is to remove the recycling from the skip.

Some large red  bins with a clear sign RECYCLE have been placed in many classes and soon in all of them. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send students to empty them behind the library when full (dispatched in the right bins). So far, it is done well.
There are currently 26 green rubbish bins and only 5 yellow recycling bins.
We suggest that all bins go in pairs. So we need more yellow ones, possibly smaller ones, but they need a lid. We’ll ask the college management if we can get 10 more and we will try and find sponsors for more.

Team Green will promote recycling in the college.

Creating visuals (photos, videos?), talking in assembly, in year levels, making posters, in the newsletter…

If we divert a third of rubbish to the recycling, we’ll save $2100 per year.