Recycling helps the environment and raises schools funds

Pupils and parents from Wooler First School with one of the collection boxes.
Pupils and parents from Wooler First School with one of the collection boxes.

Pupils at the schools in Wooler have found that rubbish can benefit their community as well as the environment by recycling previously non-recyclable waste through a number of fund-raising schemes.

Recycle Week runs until Sunday and Glendale Middle and Wooler First schools are hoping to use this year’s theme – recycling around the home – to further engage the north Northumberland community in reducing waste and raising funds for the schools.

The schools are active participants in the recycling fund-raising schemes run by TerraCycle.

It acts as a public drop-off location on TerraCycle’s BIC Writing Instruments Brigade, the Kenco Coffee Packaging Brigade, the Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, the Febreze Air and Home Care Brigade, the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade and the Tassimo Brigade.

In total, since the schools signed up in 2012, they have sent in an impressive 144,357 pieces of waste for recycling, earning the school £4,708.18.

Dave Sage, a parent who runs the recycling schemes, said: “2015 Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity to help us spread the word even further across the Northumberland community to let people know that they can now recycle a number of new types of waste products and packaging that the local council kerbside collections won’t accept.”

Visit www.recyclewooler.org.uk for more information.