A north Northumberland first school is looking to defend its title in a recycling contest and is calling on the community to give their support.
Children from Wooler First School are busy collecting as many used biscuit wrappers as they can while competing in the nationwide Wrappers to Riches contest, in an effort to help both the local environment and the school.
A combined £500 in charity donations will be awarded to the top 20 collectors across the country, so to help improve their collections and chances of being a winner Wooler First School is calling for the support of people in Wooler and Glendale.
The contest, which will run until the end of April, is part of a recycling fund-raising scheme set up by McVitie’s and recycling experts TerraCycle called the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade.
The scheme aims to reduce the billions of wrappers being sent to UK landfill as a result of most local councils being unable to recycle the mixed plastic packaging of which biscuit wrappers are comprised.
As well as working towards becoming the Wrappers to Riches winners, the school earns four TerraCycle points (normally two) for the weight of each biscuit wrapper of any brand they send in for recycling during the contest.
Each point can be redeemed for a one pence contribution for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice.
Dave Sage, from Wooler First School PTA, said: “In 2013, thanks to the contributions of the wider community of Wooler and Glendale, we finished in first place for the Biscuit Wrapper Roundup contest after collecting 7,810 wrappers during the contest and we are confident we can defend our title and collect even more this year for the Wrappers to Riches contest with the support of local people.
“Wooler First School joined the Biscuit Wrapper Brigade in January 2013 and to date has saved 11,771 wrappers from landfill.”