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competition closed!

Ngā Kōrero Hangarua
Recycling Stories

This competition has now closed, please see the winning submission from Macleans Primary School  below!

However, you can still submit your ideas to help inspire others.

He aha ōu kaupapa?

Share your stories!

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Congratulations to Macleans Primary School, our competition winner!


They shared how they are ​effectively using worm farming and composting to reduce the amount of paper towels and food waste that is being sent to landfill. Tau kē!

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Important information when submitting a 'Recycling Story'


We want to hear your voice, whether you are part of a primary school, secondary school, a kura kaupapa, kōhanga reo, playcentre, kindergarten, or early learning centre.


Please share your kaupapa and practices. The idea is to inspire and to encourage each other to reduce waste and to divert paper and cardboard from the landfill. 


Who can participate?

We would love to hear from anyone who is involved in paper and cardboard recycling in your school’s/ preschool’s community of learners. This includes teachers, students, caretakers, parents, and administrators.


What do I send it?

  • Bullet points

  • A letter

  • A visual story

  • A learning story

  • A student’s assessment

  • General questions about paper and recycling that you would like answered

  • Any other format that suits you


What categories can I cover?

  • Reduction of overall recycling through intentional practices

  • Use of Paper4trees classroom recycling bins and other resources that work well

  • How you involve the entire community

  • Links to the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whāriki, Tātaiako, learning dispositions etc.

  • Links to your kaupapa and philosophy

  • Links to tikanga and te ao Māori


Important information:

Please be aware that your stories may be shared or partially shared on our website and social media, as well as sent via email to other Paper4trees schools and preschools in search of ideas. You will need to fill out the permission slip when sending in your ideas.

Competion Terms and Conditions - Competition has now closed

1. Only open to schools and preschools that are registered with Paper4trees.

2. EERST will not accept responsibility for any late submissions, any entries that are not received or any entries or files that are      corrupt, damaged, lost or inaccessible.

3. By participating in the competition, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions. You accept that all decisions made      by EERST are final in all matters relating to the contest.

4. You must submit a permission slip with your entry.

5. By entering this competition, you agree that you have the consent of any people who are clearly identifiable in your entry.

6. By entering, each entrant warrants that their entry is original and that their submission does not or will not infringe and              third party's intellectual property.

7. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram

8. EERST reserves the right to end any competition or amend the rules at any time.

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