EERST programmes align with numerous council objectives and as such can be utilised by councils to meet certain obligations, for the benefit of the environment, community and bottom line.


The Paper4trees programme can help council meets its obligations under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and Community Outcomes under the Long Term Council Community Plan. (The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires councils to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation. Councils must report progress on waste minimisation initiatives within their community. Effective and efficient waste management and minimisation planning is underpinned by the three core goals in the New Zealand Waste Strategy).

Paper4trees can be of benefit to the solid waste department and/or the parks & reserves department within councils by helping divert waste away from landfill, and planting native trees within the community.

Example of the benefits:

  • Paper4trees schools in the Gisborne District recycled 113.75 tonnes of paper & cardboard in the 2010 school year
  • If this was sent to landfill, this would cost approximately $17,063 (@ $150 per tonne)
  • The cost of the Paper4trees programme in the Gisborne District is approximately $7000 per annum which is 41% of the cost of sending the 113.75 tonnes of waste to landfill
  • This tonnage equates to 455 native trees earned by the schools, and planted within that community acting as a carbon sink
  • This amount also saved 910 cubic metres of landfill space, thereby extending the life of that landfill
  • This also equates to 286.65 tonnes of carbon dioxide not being created in the landfill, (not including the carbon sequestered by the planted native trees!)
  • In some areas only a small percentage of schools are recycling before the introduction of the Paper4trees programme i.e. In another district only 24% of the schools were recycling prior to the introduction of Paper4trees, after the programme was offered to all schools in that area this number increased to 95%!!
  • In areas where many schools are already recycling, Paper4trees encourages more volumes, and ongoing habits of recycling. We have completed waste audits in schools that are recycling with and without the Paper4trees programme. We have found a significantly higher recycling rate in the schools that are part of Paper4trees – incentives work!

The cost of the Paper4trees programme is based on:

  • The resources required for the schools in your area (brochures/certificate/recording sheet, 10% replacement per annum)
  • The replacement recycling bins – made in NZ – for the schools (we are supplied these at a hugely discounted rate from Payless Plastics in Tauranga and we typically replace 10% per year)
  • The cost of the trees and delivery (prices are dependant on the nursery price structure, but range nationally from $2.50 – $6.50 per tree + GST)
  • Administration by the Paper4trees team (1.5 hours per school @ $40 per hour + GST, per annum)
  • Office expenses (based on a per school rate, approximately $15 + GST per annum)

We can provide a complete breakdown for your District if you are interested in seeing this detail.

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