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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjXmlYhtpzM, 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 www.350.org.nz 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!

Term 3 Week 1 meeting minutes

Great attendance!

Outlook for someday sustainability film challenge leaflets distributed. Some students did it in the past, might do it, on their own time. www.theoutlookforsomeday.net

We recapitulated on the 3 projects we designed during the ReGeneration Workshop:

  • Pay it Forward
  • Community Garden
  • Recycling Bins

The later is the easiest, so lets start here. We launch a competition for students to design the signs to put on:

  • paper crates
  • recycling bins

Bring your A4 design with name and Year level to the library by 26th August.
Cool Prizes + Have your design published 

Action plan

  • Prizes: Larissa to ask the cinema for free tickets (if we can’t get any for free, maybe the club can pay for them) + everybody to go and find prizes and bring next week.
  • Nina writes the text (forwards to Florence) and give to Mrs Sherson for publication in next newsletter by Tuesday
  • Claudia will design the poster with the words, to be ready for next meeting so we can print and distribute for display
  • Florence wil put the text on the blog
  • Next week, we will write the notices for the duration of the competition, we will prepare an entry for the competition in the assembly.

To progress on the waste survey aisle, Nia will do a map of the existing bins.