Green Teams all go for AIMS GAMES
September 4 2014
It’s already the biggest ever – now an army of volunteer students hopes to make next week’s NZCT AIMS GAMES the cleanest
and greenest games ever as well.
With more than 10,000 athletes, managers and supporters inundating Tauranga for the week-long intermediate-aged
championship, ‘Green Teams’ will be out in force promoting recycling and helping reduce waste.
“We want to divert more than half the waste going to landfill for the week,” Waste Watchers Limited director Marty
Hoffart explained. “It’s a pretty ambitious goal but we’ve had incredible support, not only from tournament organisers
but also from suppliers. And our Green Teams are the key, assisting the public and helping organize our recycling
stations around the event.”
Major sponsor Fonterra have supplied 27 wheelie bins to the cause, while Coffee Chic will serve all their barista brews
in special compostable cups.
The Green Teams – made up of more than 30 student volunteers from local Year 7 and 8 students - will encourage
competitors, coaches and spectators to reduce waste to landfill by using labelled recycling and food scrap bins.
Their focus will be to highlight the importance of separating recyclable material as well as the food and organics from
“We’ve got a record 7500 athletes attending and you can only imagine the amount of muesli bars, Anchor Fast Starts and
bananas needed to keep them all fueled and firing,” tournament director Vicki Semple said. “That’s a lot of potential
waste but, from the outset, we’ve wanted this event to not only be an incredible event for participating athletes but
also environmentally sustainable. Tauranga City Council and Waste Watchers have played a huge role in helping us achieve
All material will be collected by Waste Management, sorted and sent to various recycle centres, while organic waste will
be taken to local company, Revital, for composting.
Last year, the event achieved its 45 percent waste diversion goal and is continuing to lift the bar.
The NZCT AIMS GAMES starts on Sunday, with cross country and the opening ceremony, and continues across 17 sporting
codes at venues across Tauranga until Friday.
Parents and supporters can follow the 2014 NZCT AIMS GAMES at www.nzaimsgames.co.nz or on Facebook