The future is looking lush for Taranaki as it clocked in its 100th school to join a nationwide recycling programme.
New Plymouth Boys' High School is the latest to join the Paper4Trees programme, aimed at "educating and creating awareness" of recycling and sustainability among students, staff and the community.
Boys' High green team founder and leader, Mitchell Jordan, 15, said registering for the programme was one of the projects the team was working on.
The fledgling group is almost in its second year and Mitchell has big dreams for its 40 members, made up for 15 year 10 and year 11 pupils and 25 year 9s.
Growing and cultivating a vegetable garden, complete with a worm farm, for the school's home economics department, are among the projects planned.
Working in partnership with Shell Todd Oil Services (Stos) the programme provides schools with the resources they need to set up an "easy-to-use" paper and cardboard recycling system in their classroom.
Schools receive one native plant for every two cubic metres of paper and cardboard recycled.
From 2008 to 2011, Taranaki schools recycled more than 1000 tonnes of paper and cardboard, saved more than 8000 cubic metres of landfill space and earned 4000 trees.
Stos donated 70 recycling bins to Boys' High to put out around their school.
General manager Rob Jager said the company was delighted to have the school on board and using the programme.
"This is an exciting milestone and we look forward to supporting them," he said.
- Taranaki Daily News