Friday, December 5, 2008

Makarora Site Visit

Wanaka Wastebusters played host to Makarora School on a very rainy day. They were on a trip into to town anyway and asked if they could come and have a look around site to see what happens to all of their recycling.

Needless to say, despite the rain, we had a great time. Utilising the big window in the shop we were able to look at the processing area and discuss what goes on in the shelter. We then braved up and made it outside into the rain to have a closer look at the line, the press and the polystyrene machine.

These site visits really add value to the work we do in schools about recycling and sustainability issues. The children loved watching the press squash the cardboard and guessing how much it would compress it. Going up onto the line, seeing how the different materials are sorted and first hand experiencing what it is like if people don't rinse their recycling. The magnatron is always a winner too, looking at the steel cans fly off the line towards the magnetic belt is almost magical. finally the children got to put some polystyrene into the big blue machine.

Thanks to everyone out the back who made this visit such a fun one. Remember, if yuo'd like to come and have a look around just drop me an email ( and I can arrange it.

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