Te Kura Taumata o Panguru School has been awarded a set of colour-coded recycling bins as they have won a national competition to help New Zealand communities combat litter. The school celebrated the award with a powhiri with representatives from Be a Tidy Kiwi and The packaging Forum.

Te Kura Taumata o Panguru is one of nine schools that won the colourful set of bins for their creative video pledges to throw rubbish away, which was shared on social media.

“Thousands of Kiwis, including students from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru School, have made the Be A Tidy Kiwi pledge in 2019, and we’ve seen increasing commitments from young people as they are no longer prepared to sit by and watch us trash our country,” said BATK programme manager, Richard Leckinger.

The colours are bright and practical, and students can easily distinguish what rubbish goes in what bin.

“In the past, bins have been chosen to blend in with the streetscape, when what we have needed are eye-catching bins that use nationally agreed recycling and waste colours,” said The Packaging Forum Litter project manager, Lyn Mayes.