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


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! 

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


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 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…

20 Trees from Paper!

Paper4TreesNZ_logoWe 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.

Successful meeting

We welcomed today Lucy, from The News, who took a photo of our Recycling Poster Competition winners -to be officially announced and awarded next Wednesday.

KnzbWe also had a visit by Ivy, from Wastebusters . She brought some materials (posters, bags, gloves, Get Real survey) for Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean up week. We will pull up our sleeves and collect rubbish from Lismore Park, Wednesday 9th Sept P5 – Carol to confirm. Check out the Grime Scene, by Wanaka Wastebusters!

350 planning

Ivy announced that Wastebusters were also planning to plant trees for the 350 action day (23rd-24th Oct) and is offering to associate with us, with people from the community coming to our tree planting session to help.
We could also liaise with Wanaka Primary School who will be our neighbour soon.
Don, the college’s caretaker, is working on the plantation areas, as well as an edible garden area 🙂
Nia and Samantha have been working on the speech for assembly. Florence’s presentation is ready.

We need 120 trees: Te Kakano has already offered some young trees. We can ask around us, nursery, gardeners… We expect many people in the community will want to support the project. Donations can be acknowledged in our blog, so it is an advertising opportunity as well as a green gesture!

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!