25 January 2022

KickStart Breakfast recycling- meet our recycling partner SaveBOARD

Every year the KickStart Breakfast programme proudly delivers over 800,000 Anchor milk cartons to schools right across New Zealand! Every single one of those cartons is full of potential, not only delivering nutritious dairy to our tamariki, but once empty, they can be turned into something both new and practical. That is- If we work together to get them to the right place!

We spoke with Paul Charteris the CEO of SaveBOARD, to learn more about what happens to your empty 1 litre Anchor milk Tetra Pak cartons after they’ve been collected by your local Anchor milk team.

SaveBOARD is a New Zealand based recycling company turning our cartons into sustainable building materials. This means your KickStart Breakfast Anchor milk cartons will be used in construction materials for New Zealand homes and buildings!

From November 2021, Kiwi builders can replace building materials such as plywood, particle board and plaster board with environmentally friendly construction boards from SaveBOARD – containing your recycled Anchor milk cartons!

SaveBOARD is focused on building a circular economy, turning everyday packaging waste into commonly used building products, as well as eliminating future waste. By providing a stewardship programme for their own products, off cut materials and used boards can be returned to their facility to be shredded and reused.

Many materials such as Tetra Pak cartons and soft plastics cannot usually be placed in kerb side recycling, as most councils do not have suitable recycling facilities. Having this technology available to create affordable, 100% recycled, low carbon building materials from everyday waste is a real game changer for both for New Zealand waste management and the building industry.

Once collected from your school, the used Tetra Pak is consolidated into large bales and sent to the SaveBOARD plant in Te Rapa, Hamilton.

The bales are then shredded into small pieces (1cm size), mixed, levelled and hot-pressed using machines similar to super-sized toasted sandwich makers before being cut to size. This process uses zero water, glues, or toxic chemicals.

The SaveBOARD plant can process 100 million cartons per year! We love the idea that our KickStart Breakfast cartons can go from delivering nutrition to Kiwi students to being re-cycled into something so practical- providing sustainable building materials for New Zealand homes!

We need your help- Every milk carton counts!


The KickStart Breakfast team are passionate about being kaitiaki (guardians) for our environment and we ask all schools to join us on that recycling journey. Every person involved in your KickStart Breakfast programme can play an important part to help every empty milk carton get to the right place.

To make sure your empty cartons can be collected by your local Anchor milk team they must be clean AND dry. This also ensures your KickStart breakfast recycling reaches SaveBOARD in the best condition. After all, nobody wants to buy smelly boards for their home!

Why not set a goal in your breakfast club to save every carton from waste and give it a chance to be made into something new?

You could have dedicated student leaders or volunteers overseeing the recycling aspect of your programme making sure every carton rinsed, drained, dried, and flattened before going in the bin.

Check out the great routine they’ve established at Bruce McLaren School

You can also share our 4 key steps to recycling posters to make sure everyone knows what to do with your empty cartons!

We’re really proud to support this great initiative and remind all of our KickStart Breakfast schools to make sure your clean and dry Anchor milk cartons are correctly prepared for recycling and placed in your blue Fonterra bin. As it takes 500 cartons to create a single board- we need every carton recycled to support this innovative New Zealand business!

Do you have a recycling routine that other schools can learn? Do you have an enviro super star that has a great way of managing this important aspect of the programme?

Get in touch with our team today to share your school’s story.