ESOL students visit the Zero Waste Zone

Posted on April 01, 2021

On Friday 26 March, 36 senior Macleans College ESOL students and their teachers visited the Zero Waste Zone at the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station at Henderson, Auckland.

The students were provided with very informative presentations about the importance of “Reducing, Reusing, Recycling” to avoid filling up our landfills. In one week, a block of rubbish the size of four rugby fields and three stories high goes into a landfill in Auckland. This often contains materials that could be reused or recycled.

Zero Waste Management provide separate areas for people to take their rubbish or products that are no longer required. For example, glass, wood, hazardous materials, steel, garden waste and others. They have a repair section and an OpShop where you can buy many things that have been repaired or are second hand.

If all households were to compost and even consider having worm farms this would assist in the goal of having zero waste by 2040.

The students enjoyed the whole experience and were particularly intrigued with the small worm farm. It was a very worthwhile trip enjoyed by all.