Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Che Fu Raps It Up For Glass Recycling

20th February 2008

Che Fu Raps It Up For Glass Recycling

“An empty glass bottle…Pick it up, PICK IT UP
Round your house round your home… Pick it up, PICK IT UP
On your way at school…Pick it up, PICK IT UP
Recycle. What?...RECYCLE
We like to keep it real green round here, ROUND HERE
We like to keep it real clean round here.. ROUND HERE”

The Glass Packaging Forum has hooked up with Kiwi music maker Che-Fu to endorse “recycling” at school and in the community via music within a competition.

The next generation of rap artists has a chance to win a package of prizes which includes recording their lyrics with Che Fu in an Auckland recording studio.

The competition is aimed at 9 to 15 year olds and asks them to put their thoughts on glass recycling to Che Fu’s music. The beat and Che Fu’s chorus can be downloaded from:- http://www.glassforum.org.nz/classrap.html

David Carter, Chair of the Glass Packaging Forum said that the initiative came about from talking to children about how to raise awareness of recycling:

“One of the children involved in the launch of the mobile glass crusher suggested finding a name for the crusher would make a great school competition to get kids thinking about glass recycling. At the same time Che Fu was looking for a way to use the power of music to get young people considering their own role in keeping our environment clean and green. It’s a great partnership because with the best will in the world, industry isn’t able to make recycling hip – but musicians and artists can. We need ambassadors that kids and their parents will recognize. Che Fu will promote Class Rap at gigs around the country.”

Every school will receive a poster with their copy of the Education Gazette with details of the competition. The competition is simple by design. Students download the beat and Che Fu’s lyrics and then “Rap The Gaps” with their own words. It is “music by numbers”. The lyrics need to include a name for the mobile glass crusher, why glass recycling is important and what the crushed glass could be used for in their own community.

There will be two prizes – $1000 each for the winning South Island and North Island schools. In addition the winning students will get the day of a lifetime at an Auckland studio with Che Fu recording their music. As part of the education process, winning students will be given information on how to copyright their own lyrics.

The competition is open until 18th April. Winning entries will be announced to coincide with World Environment Day on 5th June which will be hosted this year in Wellington.

For information:-

53% of glass consumed in New Zealand is now being recycled either into new glass containers in New Zealand or off shore; or for increasing use in building or construction projects typically close to where the glass is recovered. The amount of glass recycled last year is the equivalent of diverting 314 m glass containers from landfill. There are plenty of uses for the crushed glass such as in the base course for roads, agricultural mulch; water filtration; concrete; tiles; erosion protection and even golf bunkers.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election