Recycling 101: How & Why You Should Recycle

A Comprehensive Recycling Guide

Recycling code guide

The guide explains the different types of plastic, paper and glass codes along with how to recycle them.

Vehicle recycling: an eco-friendly alternative

How recycling cars helps to protect our environment

Steel smelting is causing the erosion of our habitats and leaking pollutants into the land. The carbon emissions from it are on the way to causing an earth where humans and animals could no longer survive. Recycling reduces the need for this energy-guzzling process. We want to educate people on the significant benefits of recycling their cars!

From CarTakeBack

Recycling Old Clothes

The following site talks about recycling and donating old clothes — something Mia (who found other resources on this page useful) thinks is super important for people to know.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle sites:

Kids and Energy Conservation site

Home Energy Conservation for Kids


UNESCO has  released a Clearinghouse on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), containing important information, news, events, good practices and links around the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP). It aims to serve as an online platform to share knowledge, experiences and competences of the ESD global community of practice.
The Clearinghouse comes with a comprehensive Resource Bank, gathering hundreds of ESD publications, videos, photos and other documents from all over the world. With an interface in English, French and Spanish, it is designed to help create synergies and cross-cutting collaboration through access to a wide selection of resources.

Toimata Foundation

Toimata Foundation is a charitable trust focused on creative sustainability. With founding partner Te Mauri Tau we work collaboratively with communities and organisations nationwide. Through our two main programmes, Te Aho Tū Roa and Enviroschools, we support over 1000 schools, kura, and early childhood centres. Participants range from children and young people to post-school youth and communities. Te Aho Tū Roa is a programme in te reo Māori working with kōhanga/puna reo, kura, wharekura and communities that embraces Māori culture, language and wisdom. Enviroschools is action-based education programme where young people plan, design and implement sustainability projects and become catalysts for change. 

Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC)

The Kiwi Conservation Club is the kids section of Forest & Bird and aims to encourage New Zealand kids to enjoy, empathise with and understand the New Zealand environment and the plants, animals and insects that call it home. We produce the Wild Things magazine 5 times a year which presents information on topics such as Marine Reserves, Wetlands, Rats, Native Birds and Night Time. For more information see

Global Focus Aotearoa

Global Focus Aotearoa provides information and education on on global and development issues. They create primary and secondary school magazines and teacher resource kits that provoke critical thinking and make learning fun. Focused on a variety of global issues, both the resources and magazines include different activity styles to cater to a range of learning needs.  Resource kits are tried out in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms, and teacher and student feedback is considered in the production of all our materials.  All resources are also linked to the New Zealand curriculum. Visit for more information.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

Nga Manu offers free to download study sheets and power points on a range of environmental subjects available at Also, for anyone that requires images of flora and fauna our Nga Manu has the website that has a range of free to download images of flora and fauna for students and teachers.

Take Action for Water – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Take Action for Water is an integrated teaching and learning programme for Year 5-8 students.  It addresses issues relating to stream health and aims to empower students to take action for the environment.  It is free to all primary and intermediate schools in the Greater Wellington region. The programme scaffolds new learning for students over the course of a term and covers native ecosystems, human impacts, an explore day to a local stream and an opportunity for students to take action over an environmental issue. The programme includes a complete resource kit, facilitator support and funding to cover the bus for the explore day and $300 for Take Action projects. For more information contact the Environmental Education for Sustainability Team on 04 804 1029

Department of Conservation – Poneke Area

The Poneke Area of the Department of Conservation has site based education resource kits.  All these kits provide pre-visit, post-visit and on-site activities interwoven with sustainability education and designed to fully engage kids as they explore the areas.  All three resources are available to download from the DOC website Student and Teachers pages:

  • The Matiu/Somes Island environmental education kit includes curriculum linked activities focussing on ecology, conservation and restoration, history and people and the island today.   To book kits contact the Wellington Visitor Centre on 04 4708595,
  • The Rimutaka Forest park environmental education kit explores cultural sites, native bush, wildlife habitats, river catchments, mountain ranges and more in Rimutaka Forest Park. For the kit, contact the Poneke Area Office on 04 472 5821.
  • Wellington’s Seascape Mural environmental education resource is based around the seascape mural at Wellington’s Oriental Bay and is designed to develop understanding of conservation issues in the marine environment. Available by website download.

Waste Minimisation Support for Schools In Porirua City

Trash Palace Waste Minimisation Education Programme (for Porirua Schools) The Trash Palace Education Centre has developed a zero waste education programme specifically for schools and children.  The teaching focuses on the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and the three key concepts of environmental education: sustainability, personal and social responsibility and interdependence. A typical day schedule includes:

  • A short trip up to Spicer landfill and tour of Trash Palace
  • A stimulating workshop at the purpose built Education Centre on site
  • Learning activities to support on-going action at your school

A follow-up visit to your school to support the on-going action at your school is also part of the programme. Limited funded places in the Education Programme are available to Porirua Schools.  The Programme is available to schools outside the Porirua area (subject to availability) but fees will apply.

Fun and Interesting Educational DVDs

There are 2 DVDs available for schools – Towards Zero Waste – Exploring recycling with Transpacific AllBrite Ltd and Spicer Landfill Towards Sustainable Living – Explore And Learn About Being More Sustainable And Reducing C02 Emissions, At Home And At School

Further information

For further information on any of the above programmes, please contact Dee Jones, Zero Waste Co-ordinator at Porirua City Council, email or phone (04) 237 1475.


Learnz-logo   LEARNZ offers free curriculum-integrated virtual field trips for New Zealand schools. A significant proportion of each year’s 20 field trips have an environmental focus and also have sustainability as a central theme. More at

Education outdoors New Zealand (EONZ)

EONZ is a national professional association of outdoor teachers and educators. Membership is open to all educators of people in the outdoors. EONZ members are mostly schools and teachers but also include Tertiary institutions, Youth groups and Outdoor providers.

WWF – New Zealand

WWF – New Zealand has a number of resources to support schools and community groups involved in Environmental Education. Visit their education pages to find out more about funding for action projects: Resources about Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins: Digital stories about inspiring schools and their sustainability projects:

Sustainable Living

SLP_Colour_weblogo‘Sustainable development’ involves caring for ecosystems and environment, whilst thinking about human society and economy too, on into the future. Sustainability is concern for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and beyond. This practical education programme promotes sustainable living ideas and techniques to make a difference at home. Keep a good quality of life alongside the other changes that you know are needed, for example to reduce the amount of stuff you and others chomp through each year. It also applies in business and in government. There is only one planet Earth: we do not have a spare!