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Recycling Stations for Schools, Cook Islands

Who's involved:
Project leader: Tamara File

Main partner: Te Ipukarea Society

Other organisations:

August - December 2007

My Island Home – Safeguarding island environments

- Youth leading by example to show adults the importance of separating our waste.
- To lower the rate of littering in schools, homes, and our communities.
- To protect the beauty of our lands, beaches and waters. Defending our Biodiversity.

It will raise the awareness of recycling. Indicate the negative impacts of littering and encourage people to get behind the idea of caring for your environment thus changing a person's behaviour. There will be a controlled level of waste being processed.

- Plan and produce television adverts to create awareness of recycling among the students and the adults;

- Establish  and launch Recycling Stations with the assistance of local experts and relevant authorities;

- Purchase mesh bins with flips, one bin each for aluminium/cans, glass and plastic and chutes for the Recycling Station;

- Plan and obtain the needed materials for  painting the bins ;

- Involve students from a minimum of three schools

- Undertake publicity and promotional activities by producing fliers and posters, and through local  TV, newspapers and radio ;

- Investigate and report on ways of continuing this activity in the future

Progress Reports:
30 March 2008
Here is a summary of what we have achieved so far. 

  • March 12th meeting with Te Uki Ou School principal;
  • March 13th meeting with Nukutere College principal& deputy principal;
  • March 17th purchase of 10 wheelie bins;
  • March 20th purchase of raw materials galvanised steel mesh, angle iron, steel piping;
  • March 25th ordering 6x steel mesh bins to be made up.

The meetings with both principals were very successful and met with enthusiasm. It was decided that we would put in three steel mesh bins in each school as well as five wheelie bins and baskets for the classrooms. After measuring the site for the size of the bins we were able to discuss the construction of them with Mona Mare. The materials were then purchased and Mr Mare was given the order to start construction. Unfortunately as the bins are still being made we have not yet been able to put them in the schools.

- Tamara

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