Donovan milks carton recycling rewards

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
Donovan Primary School recyclers
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

Donovan Primary School has been named second-best school in the country for recycling milk cartons in the Fonterra Milk For Schools programme.

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The students at Donovan Primary School certainly do and, more importantly, they know exactly what to do with the empty cartons.

The Invercargill school has been named second-best school in the country for recycling milk cartons in the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme.

Principal Peter Hopwood said the award came as a nice surprise, particularly for the team of dedicated milk monitors in charge of recycling.

"The kids do it all themselves and they do it really well. The milkmen always say they like coming to our school [to collect the cartons] because it's always so organised," he said.

"Second out of 1300 schools across New Zealand is excellent."

The school was recognised for its dedication to efficient recycling, ensuring the cartons were clean and pick up ready, rather than the number of cartons processed.

However, they still had managed to drink their way through about 50,000 cartons since the programme's introduction in term one, Mr Hopwood said.

Milk monitor Jaxson Murch, 11, said it was really good to get the recognition for their hard work.

"It was a good surprise."

The school's artists also won recognition after some of their milk posters were chosen for use as promotional material for the Milk for Schools programme.

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