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NZDF Camp Christmas Party Breaks Recycling Record

An environmentally friendly robot helped achieve a waste recycling record at the Trentham Military Camp’s annual Children’s Christmas Party.
An environmentally friendly robot helped achieve a waste recycling record at the Trentham Military Camp’s annual Children’s Christmas Party.

7 December 2017

The Trentham Military Camp’s annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday provided a wonderful day of festive fun, but also achieved a notable waste recycling record.

The party featured entertainment such as marching demonstrations, police dogs, bomb disposal robots, and face painting, but behind it was the serious and ambitious target of diverting 80 per cent of the event waste from landfill.
 
With the help of friendly and hardworking volunteers from Silverstream School and Upper Hutt ICONZ, and an environmentally responsible robot, the partygoers got in behind the waste management targets and recycled or composted a record 82 per cent of all the waste produced.
 
Despite the large crowd that attended and a considerable amount of partying, only 7kg of waste was sent to the landfill – half a kilo less than last year. The use of sugarcane plates and wooden cutlery helped ensure more than half the waste could be composted. Drink cans and bottles were recycled, and even lollipop wrappers were collected and taken to the soft plastic recycling bin at New World.

This page was last reviewed on 7 December 2017, and is current.