Paper4trees crunches the numbers

20/12/2016 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 20 December 2016​

Ashburton District is looking greener than ever this summer, but not because of the recent rain. Council-funded environmental programme Paper4trees has crunched the numbers and is reporting a significant win for waste minimisation in the district.

Paper4trees has revealed that for the 2015/16 year, 630m3 of landfill has been saved in the district thanks to the educational programme, and Council is very pleased with the results.

“Supporting initiatives like Paper4trees is a key part of achieving our goals set out in the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. We are very pleased to see targeted education achieving such significant outcomes,” Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says.

Among the results, Paper4trees reports 314 native trees have been planted, 79 tonnes of paper and cardboard has been recycled, and as a result in the reduced landfill, 426 tonnes of carbon dioxide was averted during the 2015/16 year.

Paper4trees is an environmental education programme run by Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust, encouraging schools to reduce the amount of paper and cardboard waste they send to landfill.

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