Fonterra Milk for Schools Recycling Programme

This page has information on the accredited product stewardship scheme — Fonterra Milk for Schools Recycling Programme.

About the scheme

Accredited: 23 October 2013 for 7 years

The Fonterra Milk for Schools Programme provides:

  • primary school children with a free serving of milk every school day
  • free lease of a Fonterra fridge to chill the milk
  • a free recycling kit consisting of recycling bins and bags
  • free collection and recycling of all Fonterra Milk for Schools milk cartons
  • detailed communication and ‘onboarding’ visits from Fonterra team members.

When children have consumed their milk, they fold the milk carton and place it in a 80 litre recycling bin. Recyclables are collected from schools by Fonterra franchisees and transported to Fonterra recycling centres in Auckland, Palmerston North or Christchurch.

Recyclables collected through the scheme are baled and transported overseas to Thailand and Malaysia where they are broken down into components (paper, aluminium foil and plastic) and recycled into roof tiles, books and paper.

For more information on the scheme see Recycling [Fonterra Milk for Schools website].

Products covered

  Scheme scope

Scheme manager

Fonterra Milk For Schools ultra-high-temperature milk cartons (including the straw and straw wrapper) that are consumed in participating primary schools and associated packaging waste.

New Zealand-wide.


Fonterra Group Limited

The scheme’s progress

In 2015, 1452 schools participated in the programme. A total of 168 tonnes of milk packets were collected for recycling.

Since the scheme began, 112 tonnes of waste materials has been recycled into new school books for children.

Find out more

Recycling [Fonterra Milk for Schools website]