Southland is fortunate to have a relatively unspoilt environment. The land is productive and offers some of the most distinctive landscapes in New Zealand. Our rivers, lakes and sea are generally clean and the air quality is higher than many other parts of New Zealand.

Southland (and the rest of the world) faces the challenge of using resources whilst ensuring that our environment and our health are not harmed, both now and into the future.  WasteNet has a vision of "a sustainable Southland".  A key factor in achieving this vision is education. 


Available resources

Waste Free Wanda logo

Waste Free Wanda coming 1-5 March 2021

New Zealand's newest superhero "Waste Free Wanda" is coming to Southland Schools this term. This one-woman interactive stage show for primary aged children gives audiences empowering solutions on how to combat single-use plastics and protect our environment. WasteNet is taking bookings now. Be in quick as places are limited (and its FREE).

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Thinking Beyond the bin - a Teacher Resource

Teacher Resource - Thinking Beyond the Bin

This teachers resource takes a closer look at the waste generated in the classroom and school environment, with a particular focus on school lunches.

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Fun Facts

Did you know recycled paper is made from waste paper, usually mixed with fresh wood pulp.   Did you know that recycling 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to run a light bulb for 4 hours.  Find out more fascinating facts and figures about waste and recycling.

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Waverley Park students test their recycling knowledge with origami finger cubes


Fun activities for children of all ages to learn about waste and recycling.

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A student making an envelope from an old magazine

Teacher Resources

WasteNet Southland produces a wide range of waste teaching resources specific to Southland.  This includes field trips, lesson plans, DVDs, books, posters, case studies, activities, guest speakers, fact sheets and stage productions.

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