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In Your School

Council offers a number of free services to schools and preschools within the Tauranga City area, including:

Resource Wise Schools – This is a free programme available to all Tauranga educational institutions wanting to start their journey (or continue on their way) to more sustainable resource use, waste minimisation and waste management. Participants move through four stages of wise resource use. Practical support is given to assist the school in succeeding at each level e.g. a waste audit, worm farms, compost bin materials, signage for waste bins plus more.

The program is designed to complement other environmental initiatives such as Enviroschools, Zero Waste Education, Paper4trees, The Nappy Lady, Keep NZ Beautiful etc.

Register online or contact the Resource Recovery Coordinator on 07 577 7000 for more information. Please see the brochure for more information: 

Resource Wise Schools (511kb pdf)

Zero Waste Education – This is a free waste education program available to all primary and intermediate schools in Tauranga. 

Educators teach a range of subjects over Years 1 - 8 including:

  • Year 1 and 2 - Litterless Lunches and “Is that really rubbish?”  
  • Year 3 and 4 - Reducing and Re-using waste  
  • Year 5 and 6 - Recycling and Composting  
  • Year 7 and 8 - Resource Sustainability  

To register and arrange for an educator to visit your classroom, contact Council on 07 577 7000. See more at:

Other Programmes

Tauranga City Councils supports other worthy school waste minimisation initiatives from time to time.

Paper4trees – This is a free recycling and tree planting programme for schools and preschools, which is managed and delivered by the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST). Paper4trees provides recycling bins for students and staff to recycle paper and cardboard in all classrooms and offices. Schools/preschools are then rewarded with native trees for their paper and cardboard recycling efforts. Please note that schools/preschools are responsible for organising their own recycling service through a private contractor. For more information visit:


Children planting trees

Websites relevant to reducing waste in your school

Waste-Free lunches   
Waste Not Project
Zero Waste
Measuring Change


Last Reviewed: 14/11/2016