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!
Last year our school recycled 60480 litres of paper and cardboard. This means our school saved:
- 7.75 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
- 62 cubic metres of landfill space
- 42.78 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced from landfill
Thanks to Paper4Trees, we “earned” 31 trees which we will plant later this year.
Today, David Merritt, poet, activist and recycler came and talked to us about living your own way, thinking out of the square and recycling. He made one of his poetry books in front of us.
Printing the title of the book
He is poet in Residence at Wanaka Wastebusters until Sunday and will speak as part of the Outspoken Festival on Saturday. Thank you for your thought provoking visit!
In term one, we have replaced all the broken and missing paper bins in the college so USE THEM!
When full, please go and empty them in the recycling area between the workshops and the library. If your paper bin is damaged, please let us know (Ask at the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we replace it.
Remember: For every ton of paper we manage to recycle, we earn about 5 trees!
Friday Period 6 Earth Hour has been awesomely supported, with most lights out before we went around the college to do it. We had talked about Earth Hour in Assembly and showed everyone the 3 minutes clip and we put posters up throughout the school, so it worked well.
The records above are done with a Cent-a-meter http://www.centameter.co.nz/placed in one of the college buildings, and do not reflect the whole school electricity consumption.
We received 19 trees from Te Kakano for last year paper recycling, as part as the Paper4Trees programme and planted them today in the college field, with the help of Andrew Penniket and Don. No photo sorry, our hands were dirty!
This year, Wanaka Wastebusters has picked up 4 to 6 wheelie bins of paper per month from Mount Aspiring College. They are 240 litre wheelie bins.
The weight of the contents can vary a lot depending on whether its shredded paper, loose office paper or magazines/newspapers.
Roughly, the college is recycling about 1-1.5 cubic metres of paper a month.
Wastebuster also picks up 4 to 6 “fadges” of cardboard a month. That equates to about 2 – 3 cubic metres.
This amount “earns” the college 19 trees this year through the Paper4Trees programme. It is a great incentive to encourage all the students to better recycle paper.
Mac Team Green keeps reminding students and staff to recycle paper and empty the paper bins into the large paper recycling bins.
There is still lots of paper in the “normal” bins, so we can do better.
We have just received 26 native trees for our efforts in paper recycling.
Thank you to all the students and teachers who use our Paper Recycling bins.
A big thank to Paper4Trees who organises this scheme.
And a very big thank to Don who is going to plant the trees on our college’s grounds.
Finalizing Paper Recycling
All the classrooms and offices in the school now have a green bin for paper. Yeah!
We now need to:
- Laminate the posters and paste them onto the boxes
- Write “Instructions for paper recycling”, to publish in the newsletter and paste on the walls of the classrooms.
- Write some snippets in the daily notices to remind people about paper recycling.
Mac Team Green Campaign
We started to create a poster to say we exist and what we do. We will then put it up on the several boards of the school.
We also start to collect visual facts or striking articles to explain why sustainability is important and we will put these up on the boards too.
We have gathered 10 snippets from The Story of Stuff site to publish weekly in the newsletter.
We are so pleased we’ve just received 20 trees, as part of the Paper4Trees project. We will plant them on the college’s grounds on the 23rd October for the 350 MAC Tree Planting event.
We warmly thank:
- EERST for creating this wonderful opportunity,
- Jo Guest for setting it in MAC,
- Wastebusters for collecting the paper bales,
- the caretakers who have to follow-up, sorry !
- and everybody who DOES put used paper in the Paper recycling boxes.
The Paper4Trees programme that was created by EERST in 2001 has planted over 22,000 trees to date. For every tonne of paper and cardboard that is recycled:
- 13.5 trees are saved
- 5000 litres of water are saved
- The equivalent of 5.4 tonnes of C02 are not released
In 2008, we recycled 12 wheelie bins and 55 fadges, which corresponds to 20 trees.
We are still part of the programme in 2009, so we keep encouraging Paper Recycling in the college.