Thursday March 1, 2018
Recycling pouches proves a money spinner for schools A new school recycling scheme aims to reduce the amount waste going to landfill by encouraging the recycling of normally non-recyclable materials among pupils and teachers alike. Dozens of schools around Wellington have signed up to the TerraCycle free national recycling programmes, which see snack pouches, food wrapping, oral care products and staff room coffee capsules prevented from heading to the tip. Operating in 21 countries, TerraCycle specialises in converting traditionally non-recyclable waste – such as coffee capsules, cigarette butts and food wrappers – into garden beds and playgrounds. To date it has diverted 3.8 billion pieces of waste from landfill and in-
cineration, and has raised US$15.6 million for non-profit organisations and charities worldwide. By signing up to TerraCycle’s four recycling programmes schools can earn themselves donations, or send them to a nominated non-profit organisation. The four programmes are done in collaboration with the manufacturers of certain products. There’s the combined Fonterra Pouch and The Collective Suckies recycling programme, which involves squeezable yoghurt pouches that are normally difficult to recycle because of their mixed-material composition. For each kilogram of Fonterra and Collective yoghurt pouches sent to TerraCycle, schools will earn $1. GLAD ClingWrap, Snack Lock
bags, ZipSlide bags and MatchWare containers can also be sent to TerraCycle, provided they are cleaned. For each unit of GLAD food storage waste (minimum 2kg shipment) sent, schools will earn 2c. Teachers’ coffee capsules from Nescafe are also targeted, though pupils can also bring their parents’ capusles for recycling. Each capsule also earns the school 2c from a minimum of 2kg. Finally, schools can collect all brands of toothpaste tubes and caps, toothpaste outer packaging, toothbrushes and dental floss containers from home and school. Each unit, from a minimum of 1kg, will earn 1c. One Wellington school involved is St Mark’s Church School in Mt
St Marks Church pre-schooler Jeremy Zhang, 4, discards a yoghurt pouch into a Terracycle bin. PHOTO: Supplied
Cook, which has diverted 8795 yoghurt pouches from landfill. Once the yoghurt pouches are collected the school ships them free to TerraCycle staff, who shred, clean and melt them down into raw
Watts Peninsula pines removed for safety reasons About 300 pine trees that threaten historic buildings and power lines on Watts Peninsula, Miramar are being removed. Land Information New Zealand, which currently manages the land, is co-ordinating the work that began on Monday. Warning signs are in place and members of the public are advised to keep clear of the area due to the risk from the tree-felling work. The work site is on the Shelly Bay side of the peninsula, well
away from the old Mt. Crawford prison. Deputy Chief Executive Crown Property Jerome Sheppard says the peninsula has a number of significant archaeological sites, including military heritage sites dating from the 1890s, that are currently at risk from the overhanging pines. Some of the trees also threaten power lines. “Removal of the pine trees is necessary to help protect these important historical sites and reduce the risk of damaging
power lines in the area,” he says. Approval from Heritage New Zealand to undertake the work around the sites has been provided. “Contractors will shortly begin work to fell and remove the trees safely, some of which will be sold for firewood, and the otherwise harvestable trees taken for export or for other uses.” Timber that cannot be removed effectively will be left in a safe position. Cost of the work is about
$100,000. The work will require specialist heavy logging equipment, but no major earthworks are required. “This work is part of LINZs ongoing mandate as caretakers for the land to maintain and keep it safe for future use,” Mr Sheppard says. Public access to the area is closed. The bulk of the peninsula is intended to be turned into a public reserve, subject to Government funding approval.
materials to create garden beds, park benches and playgrounds. St Mark’s spokewoman Sue Adams says the young students started recycling to prevent rubbish reaching marine life.
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