Getting money from companies who want to reduce their carbon footprint, they buy native trees and offer them to school to reward them for their recycling efforts.
Since Paper4trees first started in 2001, kiwi kids have recycled over 25,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard and planted over 100,000 native trees! http://www.paper4trees.co.nz/
Thank you to Ziprek who sponsors our trees
Ziptrek is a Queenstown adventure activity that allows to ride tree-to-tree by flying foxes. It is famed for delivering an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment along with a good dollop of adrenaline. http://www.ziptrek.com/queenstown-new-zealand
Thank you to Te Kakano who provided the trees
Te Kakano is a local Trust whose aim is to maintain a successful community-based nursery for native habitat restoration projects. Tree planting sessions in the local public land are organised fortnightly. You too can volunteer and contribute to a better environment. http://www.tekakano.org.nz/
The College has received 44 trees from our paper recycling efforts in 2011 and 2012 and they have just arrived. That is just one tree per whanau!
On Fridays morning during long whanau, students from each house will come on the field, in the same area as the tree planting in 2009
16th Aug: Barker, behind rooms 20-21
23rd Aug: Iron, end of the field OP shed side
30th Aug: Pisa, corner of the field – primary school boundary
6th Sept/ 13th Sept: Roy, long field bank
MAC Team Green students and the caretaker will bring the plants, tools and buckets and we will explain how to plant your tree.
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.
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.