The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust runs the award-winning Paper4Trees programme, the largest school-based recycling programme in the country – with more than 4000 schools and early childhood centres participating.
To date, over 4000 schools and early childhood centres have signed up to participate in the Paper4Trees programme.
When a school signs up to Paper4Trees, EERST supplies it with the equipment and resources needed to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system (green bins, guidelines and educational materials).
Schools are then rewarded for their efforts with native trees and plants. EERST donates one native tree for every two cubic metres of paper or cardboard a school recycles, which the school can choose to plant on its grounds or in the community. Between 2001 and 2011, Kiwi kids have recycled over 25,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard and planted over 100,000 native trees through the Paper4Trees programme.
EERST was a finalist in the Community Impact category of the 2013 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards.