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.

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

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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.

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.

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!

Put rubbish in the right bin

Facts

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

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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.

Recycled Art Exhibition

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Mac Team Green is organising a competition to raise awareness about rubbish.

Everyone is invited to create an artwork made out of rubbish or recycled materials. It can be a model, collage, mosaic or any type of art work.

There will be individual prizes and certificates and whanau prizes. It is a house competition so get into it to win house points!

Entries can be brought to the college library until the 21st May.

David Merritt visit

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.

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!

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 teamgreen@mtaspiring.school.nz) 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.

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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…