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Focus on waste for Waiharara

What happens to our waste? That’s this year’s focus for investigation at Far North’s Waiharara School. The topic has opened many doors for learning opportunities, with students discussing and exploring strategies to combat the issue of too many things being thrown away. Some of the students’ innovative problemsolving includes making masks and creating toys out of recycled items, building huts out of natural materials and taking that knowledge on to building ‘real’ huts in the playground, and a local beach clean-up and sorting session.


Jade Lynch and other students from Waiharara school, building huts from natural materials as part of a project to reduce waste

Story and picture taken from Enviroschools Northland newsletter, issue 20, 2015

Wainui Beach School Art and Craft Fair

Wainui Beach School Art and Craft Fair

Fairs and galas are awesome fundraisers but often create large amounts of unrecyclable waste.  Kauri worked with the envirogroup, BOT and fair organisers to try and minimise the amount of waste generated in the first place.  Friendly faces helped everyone sort their waste in to the correct bin.

Kauri and about 10 volunteers from Wainui School ran the recycling stall. All school rubbish bins were covered up with black bags and signs. The event was advertised as waste free. People seemed more than happy to come to us to dispose of their waste. Pat the caretaker said it made his job a lot easier. Lots of people commented on how good it was to see the waste being sorted.

Food waste went to the school compost, Mr Shand’s chickens and Kauri’s compost. Mixed recycling was kerbside recycled by the school and Kauri. Rubbish was dealt with by the school. Paper/cardboard was placed in the appropriate school wheelie bins.
Key outcome
92.2% of the waste was diverted from the landfill (by weight)
88.9% of the waste was diverted from the landfill (by volume)

Reducing waste at Waipawa Kindergarten

Friday morning is recycling collection day at Waipawa kindergarten. The children are involved with the sorting and collection process. They have also been busy making paper from their paper waste, read more here.