Team Green at the Waste Free Fair during Plastic Free July

On Saturday 18th of July, Team Green members Hazel, Chloe, Lucia and her sister Cora, Lena, Lulu and I went to the Waste Free Fair at the Wanaka Center and hosted a stall. 

EarringsAt the Fair you can buy zero -waste products and learn a lot about living a waste free life. 

We sold homemade cards and feather earrings made out of recycled inner bike tubes.
Lucia sold beeswax wraps and hand sewn bags.
Hazel was also holding a stall and was selling bath bombs and cards.
Lena helped out around our three different stalls.
Our stalls were a great success! 

There were many stands and people, and we had a great time visiting all the different eco-friendly stalls.

There was chopping boards and cutlery made from wood, jewelry, hand sewn gloves and hats, soap, food, and so much more.

The surprising profit we all earned is being donated to a variation of helpful organisations such as WWF, Te Kakano and Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.

We nearly sold everything, and we even got an order to make a pair of earrings!!

Waste Free Fair

Well done Team Green!

Recycle your Food Waste!

There are now 3 RED Wheelie bins for food waste.  They are located together with a waste and recycling bin in the quad near the library, up the junior block, and near the play area.

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Please put all food leftovers in the RED wheelie bin but no wrapper, and no citrus.

Food waste

We have installed worms farms. We will feed the worms. Please do not disturb the worms so leave the white buckets closed.

2017 Recycling

Here is the Cardboard and Paper recycling data for 2017:
We recycled 30 fadges of cardboard and 56 wheelie bins of paper.
In the Paper For Trees calculation, it translates as follows:
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We earned 32 the previous year so that’s 2 trees more! Well done everyone for your recycling efforts.
A quick look at the skip shows that we can recycle more. Please be mindful when you discard paper or cardboard to put it in the correct recycling bin.
Last year, we decided to carry over 16 trees earned in 2016 to add to 2017 trees to organise a school wide event – we have 44 whanau so we need at least 44 trees.

We now have 48 trees to plant!

So we’ll organise a tree planting day during long whanau later in the year.

Recycling bins upgraded

In term 1, Team Green sent a survey to all teachers to collect paper bins and recycling bins needs in each classroom. And we went around school to count the existent bins. We calculate that we needed 13 more paper bins and 4 recycling bins.

Paper4Trees kindly supplied the crates so today we delivered them. A nice way to finish a task and a term.

Well done Team! And Thank you to Paper4Trees!

Next term, we’ll set up our food waste and worm farm system. Exciting!
Have a well-deserved break.

MAC becoming a CLIMATE FRIENDLY SCHOOL

During a meeting with Green Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, Ralph Adler and Zella Dowling, Mount Aspiring College students have been learning about and exploring how MAC could be come a climate friendly college.

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NOTES FROM THE MEETING

What is MAC already doing? What can we do better?

Saving energy

Team Green has done in the past and can resume the Switch off campaign (Make it flick stickers and posters) and the monthly Earth Hour (Period 6 Last Friday of each month).

To go further… do we actually need to turn on again after? Do we need it? This is a key phrase, in general!

At MAC, the biggest energy problem for the environment is our coal plant. We could lobby to get it changed. Write a letter to Board of Trustees, Mr Bosley, Architects, Ministry for the Environment.

And we have 8 solar panels. We want more! Continue fundraising. Ask in the letter.

Transport

Make a transport survey. Is it cool to bike? Is it cool to walk? The reward is in itself, health, cool… A hand survey in the year 9 group showed that many students already walk, bike or take the bus to school. Surely more can be done.

For the school’s trip, asking for electric vehicles. Our vehicles are second hand after local ski resorts. Asking them for electric vehicles!

Food

Encourage compartment lunchboxes, more sandwich wraps, these are opportunities for fundraisers. Resume the bring your cup deal at the canteen. https://macteamgreen.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/canteen-deal/

Waste

Team Green has installed paper recycling and recycling in the college, because it diverts lots from landfill (cheaper), because we earn trees from paper and cardboard recycling via Paper4Trees.

We yearly check it is functioning and campaign for its good use.

Improvement: Explain why? “Do I need it” campaign? Encourage electronics use. Good on one side bins. Double-sided printing by default.

“Think before you print sticker” to add at the bottom of emails

Canteen: Do they have leftovers?

School compost, also from lawn clipping.

Measure How important How much $$ How Easy Action
Lights Less important because 80% of energy is renewable Save $$ Easy Switch campaign, switch stickers
Travel to School It would be important but a lot of people already bike so maybe quite good Nothing to school – Save money for families Each individual decision – lots of communication Survey

Calculate how much petrol this uses

Find out who else has done survey already

Travel by School Quite important Will become cheaper but big initial cost Not easy Petition to Cardrona and Treble Cone so they have electric buses

(Also ask for gondola for climate change)

Coal burner Very Important Big Letter to BOT to ask for renewables energy and better insulation
Heat Pumps Less important because 80% of energy is renewable Saves money Easy Switch campaign, switch stickers
Waste:

Paper

Food

Food wrappers

Quite important Not much money Not easy!

Showing them

Notices

We want compost and garden: lawn clippings, leaves, food scraps, canteen waste, food tech waste, a bit of wood ashes

Present Team Green members vote to focus on collecting food waste to a compost and perhaps make a garden for food for the canteen. We need to get the caretaker and canteen support.

To avoid having much work with the garden, we can still do compost and sell it (fundraiser!). In Dunedin, a school has a matching system who wants it who doesn’t want it.

So working on collecting food waste and establishing a compost will be Team Green focus in term 2.

Jeanette's board

Upgrading classrooms recycling

We have been busy this term upgrading the college classrooms facility.

Audit

First, we visited each class and recorded on a map how many paper bins and recycling bins there are in each room. Then we sent out a questionnaire to all teachers to record what they need.

Then we matched the existing and the needs and have to install 13 new paper bins and 4 new recycling bins.

Labels

Last week, we created and laminated labels. For the boxes, we are now waiting for the Paper4Trees bins ordered but not yet arrived.

Promote

When they arrive, we will paste the labels on them, distribute in the classrooms as required. We will do a presentation in assembly and write an an article in the newspaper to promote their use.

Paper For Trees

P4T logoOtago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2016. They have:

  • Diverted 311 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
  • Prevented 1,678 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
  • Saved 2,486 cubic metres of landfill space
  • 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 planting event in 2018.

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.

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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

2017 Recycling presentation

2017 Recycling presentation (1)

2017 Recycling presentation (2)

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

2017 Recycling presentation (3)

  • 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.

2017 Recycling presentation (4)

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.

2017 Recycling presentation (5)

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.

2017 Recycling presentation (7)

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!

 

2017 Recycling presentation (8)

Recycling saves money, is respectful and saves the environment.

So pick up your rubbish and recycle. Thank you!