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New Zealand Schools Reap Rewards with Terracycle

New Zealand Schools Reap Rewards with Terracycle Recycling Programme


Over 200 schools across the country are participating in a nationwide recycling programme run by innovative recycling company TerraCycle to save wrappers from landfill and fundraise towards a local project. TerraCycle’s national programmes repurpose non-recyclable waste materials through volunteer “Brigades.”

Community groups, schools and centres have signed up online via the TerraCycle website, then send in waste via New Zealand Post to be recycled by TerraCycle for free.

The collected waste will then be recycled into affordable, sustainable products and materials. For every wrapper returned, TerraCycle will make a donation of two cents to the school or charity organisation of the collector’s choice.

“We’re delighted by the fantastic community response from local schools setting up community hubs for recycling and showing keen interest in our programmes” said TerraCycle New Zealand, General Manager Anna Minns.

“Our current Brigade programme is also an educational tool to engage students and adults around the importance of sustainability and we’re running exciting contests to involve classrooms. It’s a free and innovative way for schools to recycle wrappers instead of discarding them, only to end up in landfill and support a local project.”

Terracycle New Zealand invites educators to participate in the national “Box That Rocks” competition, building a waste collection station with a difference. Students are invited to make a collection box made entirely from up-cycled waste items that would otherwise find themselves in landfill, and giving them a second life. The competition can assist in providing an interactive project, supplementing the Ministry’s Education for Sustainability curriculum.

Box That Rocks is open for entries asking participants to “create a monument to recycling” that employs innovative, solutions focused thinking and engages creativity. Box That Rocks offers the ability to network via social media, providing additional digital learning benefits with the Grand Prize Winner decided by public voting.

The Confectionery Wrapper Brigade® is sponsored by Cadbury Mondelez and is open to other brands providing a solution to help clean up competitors’ waste.

To learn more or sign up to a Brigade today, please visit www.terracycle.co.nz

-ENDS-

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