Help Paper4trees plant native trees!

$45 of $50,000 goal
Given by 3 generous donors in around 10 months

We need help with funding native trees for participating Paper4trees schools and preschools.


Paper4trees began in 2001 and is now the largest school-based recycling programme in the country with 4000+ schools and preschools currently participating. That's 90% of schools and 50% of early childhood centres! This number continues to grow as we have new schools and preschools signing up to join Paper4trees on a regular basis.

We provide schools and preschools with the resources, equipment and support needed to set up their own in-house, practical paper & cardboard recycling systems, such as 45L classroom recycling bins. Each school is asked to record their paper & cardboard recycling throughout the year via our online database which is accessible through the Paper4trees website. EERST then rewards Paper4trees schools and preschools each year with native trees for their recycling efforts!

Schools are rewarded 1 native tree or plant per 2 cubic metres of paper and cardboard recycled. The average order is 12-14 trees per school and 5-6 trees per preschool, however larger schools can earn 80+ trees. Our minimum order is five trees as smaller schools and preschools often to not generate a lot of recycling; we want to ensure that every participating school and preschool is duly rewarded for their hard work.

Since Paper4trees first started in 2001, kiwi kids have recycled over 56,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard and planted over 220,000 native trees!

We want to be able to reward Paper4trees schools and preschools with native trees to plant in their local environment for their 2017 recycling efforts, as a thank you for all the hard work they put into reducing waste and recycling their paper and cardboard. These trees also act as an incentive for schools to continue to reduce their waste and increase recycling rates.

EERST feels that these trees will provide schools with a positive learning experience and a chance for students and staff to get out of the classroom and out with nature. Students in particular are learning a valuable lesson about protecting their natural resources for the benefit of their environment and a sustainable future.

For every $10 you can donate, you will ensure one native tree gets planted. To put it in perspective, Paper4trees schools and preschools earn approximately 30,000 native trees every year. So any contribution towards this is hugely appreciated.

About us

EERST aims to work with preschools, schools, businesses and communities to create a more sustainable future. We believe that through education and action, communities can become more environmentally aware and live more sustainably.

Programmes run by EERST - Paper4trees, Water4schools & Keep Tauranga Beautiful.

Use of funds

The funds will be used to purchase and deliver native trees to schools and preschools throughout New Zealand.

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Guest Donor on 23 Mar 2018
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TriumFit Web on 14 Mar 2018
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This campaign started on 14 Mar 2018 and ended on 31 Dec 2018.