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Thursday December 20, 2018

St Mark’s pre-schoolers Paige ChauCameron and Anna Barker show some of the upcycled yoghurt products their class has won from TerraCycle. PHOTO: Supplied

Preschoolers help to divert 68,000 yoghurt pouches from landfill By recycling ‘non-recyclable’ yoghurt pouches, St Marks Preschool has won a pack of upcycled products made from yoghurt pouch waste as part of a national recycling competition that has diverted over 68,000 pouches from landfill, thanks to Fonterra and recycling pioneers, TerraCycle. Launching on World Environment Day (June 5), the Fonterra Snap, Recycle & Win competition invited Kiwis nationwide to collect all brands of yoghurt pouches and send them to TerraCycle, who will give the waste a second life by creating new products. Those who shipped a minimum of 1kg of yoghurt pouch waste to TerraCycle during the competition period went into the draw to win one of 25 upcycled prize packs, which include five upcycled lunch boxes and 10 upcycled pencil cases, all made from empty yoghurt pouches. Of the competition, St Mark’s Church School preschool teacher Susan Adams says: “Recycling in the competition was a

great chance to boost our yoghurt pouch recycling activity. “Our students have already collected 16,800 empty yoghurt pouches since the start of 2017, so the upcycled prize pack is a great reward for their hard work.” Through the Snap, Recycle & Win Competition, Fonterra and TerraCycle wanted to promote recycling and show how upcycled products can be used as a sustainable alternative to fresh plastic. “At Fonterra we are committed to sustainability and are continually working on reducing our impact on the environment,” Jamie Rodriguez, sustainability advisor, Fonterra Brands NZ, says. “At TerraCycle, we love showing how previously ‘non-recyclable’ waste can be re-purposed into cool new products,” Jean Bailliard, general manager of TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand, says.  Those interested in recycling yoghurt pouch waste are encouraged to visit terracycle.co.nz/fonterra-pouch.

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