humble plastic milk bottle is taking on a new life and
purpose at Abbotsford School.
Anchor is recycling its lightproof plastic bottles into
plastic bins, which can be used to recycle paper and
cardboard in schools, rather than sending all three products
The bins, which are manufactured by SULO Talbot, each contain
36 recycled Anchor Light Proof bottles, and four of the bins
have been sent to Abbotsford School - the only school in
Otago to receive them to date.
The recycling bins are among more than 950 bins made from
Anchor bottles which have been sent to schools across the
country as part of the Paper4Trees programme.
Abbotsford School principal Stephanie Madden was delighted
with the bins.
''They're excellent. Recycling is a very big part of our
school - we try really hard to be environmentally conscious.
''These bins send a very good message to our pupils,'' she
Paper4trees spokesman Marty Hoffart said they were
''seriously tough'' bins that would last for years.
Since Paper4trees first started in 2001, Kiwi kids have
recycled more than 30,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard, and
planted more than 120,000 native trees. Paper4trees schools
will plant about 23,000 native plants this year.
The programme is the largest school-based recycling programme
of its type in the country, with an estimated 50,000 bins in
more than 4000 participating schools and early childhood
Fonterra Brands environmental manager Nic Bishop said the
bins were part of the Anchor Recycling Moo-vement hub, which
hoped to make all Anchor's bottles into new products in New
''And, we hope to foster a spirit of optimism and creativity
around recycling solutions throughout New Zealand.''