School calls on biscuit fans

Dave Sage and son Tom, a pupil at Wooler First School, with some of the biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill so far.
Dave Sage and son Tom, a pupil at Wooler First School, with some of the biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill so far.
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A north Northumberland first school needs the help of its community to win a national competition – and all you have to do is eat plenty of biscuits.

Wooler First School is on a mission to help reduce landfill waste by participating in The Biscuit Wrapper Roundup, a nationwide six-month collection contest from the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade, a recycling fund-raising scheme, which aims to save as many used biscuit wrappers from landfill as possible.

The top 20 collectors nationwide will win a combined £1,000-worth of charity donations.

Wooler First School is currently in first place in the contest and is asking the people of Wooler and Glendale to help them with their collections and attempts to be crowned the Biscuit Wrapper Roundup champions.

McVitie’s and recycling experts TerraCycle joined together in June 2012 to launch the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade.

The scheme encourages consumers across the UK to help end the enormous waste of resources that is sending bisccuit packaging to landfill, by using freepost labels to send in used biscuit wrappers to be recycled into everyday products such as watering cans, garden benches and waste bins.

Dave Sage, from the school’s PTA, said: “Wooler First School joined the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade recently and has so far saved 3,347 used biscuit wrappers from landfill. We also collect on the BIC Writing Instruments Brigade, the Activia Yogurt Brigade, the Ella’s Kitchen Brigade and are the administrators for the Wooler Coffee Packaging Brigade.

“In total, we have saved 16,435 pieces of waste from landfill with TerraCycle, raising £509.12 which the school plans to use for additional classroom resources and forest school equipment.

“While we have a good network of the pupils, teachers, family and friends who save their used biscuit wrappers for us, it would really help if more people in the Wooler and Glendale area can help by saving their used biscuit wrappers for us.”