Northumberland school’s renewed recycling efforts

Wooler First school pupils backing the recycling campaign.

Wooler First school pupils backing the recycling campaign.

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A north Northumberland first school, which has already notched up a number of impressive recycling efforts, is competing in a new nationwide competition.

Wooler First School is asking the community to help them save as many air and homecare products as possible from landfill and help them in their efforts to win the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest.

The contest is part of a brand-new recycling fundraising initiative called the Febreze Air and Home Care Brigade which enables any brand of air and homecare products and packaging to be recycled for the first time. Anyone in the UK can sign up to the Air and Home Care Brigade and compete to win a share of £5,000-worth of charity donations.

While plastic air fresheners and the packaging they come in – trigger heads and flip caps from the likes of bathroom and kitchen cleaner and washing-up liquid and flexible plastic cleaning wipes packs are technically recyclable, the high cost of recycling these hard-to-recycle mixed plastics, means the infrastructure to recycle the material simply isn’t available across the UK. As a result, this material needlessly ends up in local landfill all over the UK.

The contest, which is being run until April 30, is the biggest in TerraCycle UK’s history with £5,000 of charity donations being shared between the 23 winners and a grand prize of £1,000. Wooler First School also earns two TerraCycle points for the weight of each piece of air and homecare product/packaging sent in, with each point redeemable for a one pence contribution to the school.

Dave Sage, who runs the recycling collections for Wooler First School, said: “So far Wooler First School has saved 1,298 pieces of waste on the new Febreze Air and Home Care Brigade and are in sixth place in the leaderboard. We also collect on the Tassimo Brigade, the Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, the Kenco Coffee Packaging Brigade, the BIC Writing Instrument Brigade and the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade, and to date we have raised a total of £3,426 with TerraCycle which has been used for eco-projects at the school.

“The support of the wider Wooler community can really help boost the amount of air and homecare waste we save from landfill, our chances of becoming a winner on the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest and the amount of money we raise for Wooler First School. Local people can help by dropping off used plastic air fresheners and plug-in refills, air and homecare product trigger heads, pumps and caps and flexible home cleaning wipe packs of any brand to our 24/7 collection box outside the Cheviot Centre or at one of the many public drop-off points we now administrate across Wooler, Berwick, Alnwick, Holy Island, Hadston and Heatherslaw – see www.recyclewooler.org.uk to find your closest drop-off point and the full list of all the types of waste you can recycle with us.”