DANIEL Moore is passionate about recycling.
So much, the Year 8 Aparima College special eduction needs pupil, from Riverton, was named Keep New Zealand Beautiful Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month for October.
With help from teacher aide Susan Mailman, Daniel (13) looked after the school’s recycling station, sorting the different types of plastic bottles and recording how many were recycled each week, which meant less plastic going to landfill.
They were surprised at the amount of plastic used by the pupils, and especially the staff, each week.
Daniel’s project began just after lockdown with a bin, Mrs Mailman said.
He had noticed the school bins were overflowing and took on the project to save the environment, he said.
As part of the project, he also made posters to encourage pupils and staff to recycle. Several green bins were then placed around the school grounds, to collect the recyclables.
When Waste Free Wanda, from WasteNet, performed at the college earlier this year, Daniel and Mrs Mailman spoke to her and a WasteNet representative about how time consuming it was to take the recycling from the school to the recycling centre at the edge of town each week, and asked for a yellow recycling bin.
As a result, the college was given a bin, which had made it easier for Daniel’s recycling project.
Teacher Lynne Grove said the college was the first school in Southland to be given one.
A blue bin had also been set up at the school’s recycling station for food waste which went to the compost for the school’s vegetable gardens.
Daniel was eager to expand the roject and was keen for more recycle bins to be placed around the school grounds to collect more recycling.
His “waste minimisation” project also helped the college be awarded the Keep New Zealand Beautiful nationwide Sustainable School Award recently, Mrs Grove said.
However, not only did Daniel have an avid interest in recycling, he also was interested in rubbish trucks and would be having a ride in the rubbish truck soon, along part of its route around Riverton, Mrs Mailman said.
“He will get to see how all the machinery and inside cameras work, and the big arm outside which collected the bins and placed the rubbish in the truck… and was very excited.”
Teacher Lynne Grove said the project was a way to help Daniel develop life skills.