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.

Upgrading classrooms recycling

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


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.


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


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 recycling all go

Paper RecyclingIn 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 so that we  replace it.

Remember: For every ton of paper we manage to recycle, we earn about 5 trees!


MAC recycling efforts

Wanaka Wastebusters has just given us the data for Recycling totals in the previous years.


It shows that MAC Team Green push for Paper Recycling has been effective. Paper recycling has become a school-wide culture and we will reinforce it. There is still a lot of work to do for Mixed plastic and cans…

Our projects this term

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.

August Activities

Our first project is to install paper bins in all classrooms and make sure they are used.

Simon described some project management tools: choice charts, steps from the vision to the action, task manager… Then we applied it on with our Recycling project.

Competition (see above). Movies tickets to win! Give it a go!

Ongoing promotionOur first snippet, published in MAC newsletter 13th Aug 2009

  • Short speech in assembly on the 12th August to advertise the competition, well done!
  • Team Green Snippets: Every week in the Newsletter, we publish an awareness fact.
    Thank you Florence for the idea and for the 5 “words of wisdom” you provided for the snippets.
  • Notices: Twice weekly, first to advertise the use of bins as soon as they are fitted to the rooms, then to advertise their use, where to put the paper when they are empty…

Physical bins

All the rooms have been visited and assessed:

  • 9 rooms already have a used paper bin.
  • We have placed 7 existing green paper bins in the seven HOME ROOMS and will advertise their use now.
  • We need 25 more green bins for paper recycling. Simon has proposed to help with this.

When the competition is finished, the chosen poster will be added to all the bins.


To ensure a regular attendance, it is suggested that we bring biscuits to share. Thank you Sam for offering the first round 😉

Simon has organised a visit from the 350 crew. Check out to find out what it is about. They come to share ideas and inspire us. Meeting Wednesday 19th lunchtime in the library. Everyone invited. It is time to make a difference!

Design Competition!

Everybody listen up, awesome prizes at stake!bin

All you have to do is make a sign for:

  • a recycling bin or

  •  paper bin.

The winning design will be put up on the recycling bins and on the paper bins of the college.

Hand your design in to the library by the 28th August with your name and year level on the back.

Good luck!