Waste minimisation for schools

District councils can work with Taranaki schools to help them minimise their own waste, as well as educating pupils about waste minimisation and recycling.

Did you know most schools in the Taranaki region receive recycling bins and collection of recyclables for free?

District councils may be able to offer advice or assistance in setting up a recycling system, improving your current system or any other area of waste minimisation you may need. Contact your district council.

Composting and worm farming

Learn how to set up a worm farm or compost system, or learn how to make your existing system more efficient. See how composting and worm farming is done at the Taranaki Regional Council gardens.

The session takes 30 minutes and is free. Available to early childhood centres and primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Contact:

Emily Roberts
Education Officer
Taranaki Regional Council
Ph 0800 736 222
Email education@trc.govt.nz 


With support from the school community, students plan, design, and take action to create a sustainable school environment. Zero Waste is one of the five Enviroschools theme areas.

Under Zero Waste, Enviroschools Taranaki runs Boomerang Bag and Plastic Free July initiatives. See the Facebook pages to learn more and get involved:

Boomerang Bags for Taranaki Enviroschools on Facebook(external link)

Plastic Free July Taranaki on Facebook(external link)

For more information visit the Enviroschools website: 

www.enviroschools.org.nz/in_your_region/taranaki(external link)

Lauree Jones
Regional Enviroschools Coordinator
Ph 0800 736 222
Email enviroschools@trc.govt.nz

Class tours of recycling facilities

Tours must be booked in advance. Please note the relevant contact details.

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) - New PlymouthView from the purpose-built education room at the Materials Recovery Facility.

View from the purpose-built education room at the Materials Recovery Facility.

The MRF's purpose-built education room is a perfect vantage point for watching the region's recyclables being sorted.

Find out how the machinery works, why we can recycle some items but not others, and where the recyclables end up. School parties from across Taranaki are welcome. Bookings essential. This visit can be combined with the tour of the Colson Rd Landfill (bus tours only). NOTE: The MRF's education room is located up stairs and is not accessible for wheelchairs. 

Allow one hour for the MRF session and an additional 15 minutes for the landfill tour. Schools at all levels are welcome. There is no charge but schools must organise their own transport. Contact:

Mike Baker
New Plymouth District Council
Ph 06 759 6060
Email mike.baker@npdc.govt.nz

Stratford Transfer Station

Tours are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. The tour is free and takes 30 minutes. It is available to primary and secondary schools. Contact:

Mike Oien
Stratford District Council
Ph 06 765 6099
Email moien@stratford.govt.nz

Egmont Refuse and Recycling Ltd

Raymond Buckland at Egmont Refuse and Recycling. Tours are free and take an hour. They are available to primary and secondary schools. Contact:

Raymond Buckland
Egmont Refuse and Recycling Ltd
19 Scott St, Hawera
Ph 06 278 6170
Email egmontrefuse@xtra.co.nz

Hawera Transfer Station

Tours are free and take 20 minutes. They are available to primary and secondary schools. Contact:

Elodie Letendre
South Taranaki District Council
Ph 06 278 0555
Email elodie.letendre@stdc.govt.nz

Recycling bins for classrooms

Paper4trees is a free waste minimisation and tree-planting programme for schools and early childhood centres. It provides classroom recycling bins to help with source separation, and rewards participants with native trees. For full details, visit www.paper4trees.co.nz. Contact:(external link)

Hope Lawsen or Satsuki Takenouchi (Programme Team)
Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST)
Ph 0800 727 4873
Email: paper4trees@eerst.co.nz

Impact Taranaki

Impact Taranaki facilitators are available to support youth-led environmental projects at your school or in the community.  We use enquiry based learning with a focus on individual and team strengths. For more information visit our website www.sustainabletaranaki.org.nz/impact/(external link)
Projects last one term with support for ongoing learning. This programme is free and a start-up fund for projects is available
Target group ages 12-24 years old.

Contact: Erin or Laine at Sustainable Taranaki
Ph Erin 027 298 1368
Email: impact@sustainabletaranaki.org.nz