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Wooler wraps up the prize

Mrs D Currans, headteacher, Ms. V Symons, teacher and school council chairman, Dave Sage, scheme administrator, and pupils from the school council at Wooler First School with their McVities prize hamper and some of the biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill.

Mrs D Currans, headteacher, Ms. V Symons, teacher and school council chairman, Dave Sage, scheme administrator, and pupils from the school council at Wooler First School with their McVities prize hamper and some of the biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill.

A north Northumberland first school has proved it’s not rubbish by winning a nationwide recycling competition.

Wooler First School took the title in the nationwide McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Roundup contest, winning the £250 top prize and a prize hamper thanks to the support of local people.

A staggering 7,800 used biscuit wrappers were collected by the school’s network of collectors and the wider local community during the six-month contest, which ended in October.

Wooler First School beat off strong competition from participating locations all over the UK including runners-up, the Women’s Aid Charity in Grimsby, and the third-placed Preemies UK children’s charity in Droitwich.

Dave Sage, the scheme administrator at school, said: “Wooler First School is delighted to have won the Biscuit Wrapper Roundup and would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone locally who helped by saving their biscuit wrappers for us, especially to the Blood Donor Centre in Newcastle, Roddam WI and other community groups.

“Since we began collecting various types of waste packaging with TerraCycle a year ago, we have saved an incredible 32,435 pieces of waste from local landfill, raising £1,333, which the school is using to buy additional classroom resources and forest-school equipment.

“This is only the beginning though, as we are collecting various types of waste with TerraCycle on an ongoing basis.

“Any local people wishing to help can simply drop their used biscuit wrappers, pens, baby-food pouches, baby-wipes packaging and coffee packaging of any brand and Activia, Actimel and Shape yogurt pots back to our 24/7 access outdoor collection point at the Cheviot Centre on Padgepool Place and we will happily send them in as part of our recycling collections.”

 

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