Support Northumberland schools in recycling contest

Pupils and parents from Wooler First School with some of the used biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill.
Pupils and parents from Wooler First School with some of the used biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill.

Pupils from Wooler First School and Glendale Middle School are busy collecting as many used biscuit wrappers as they can while competing in the nationwide 2015 Wrappers to Riches recycling contest.

The schools are currently in third place ahead of the May 31 deadline so are calling on north Northumberland residents to help them in their efforts to move up the leaderboard and hopefully win the top prize of a £125 charity donation.

The competition 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 the biscuit wrappers are comprised.

As well as working towards becoming the 2015 Wrappers to Riches winners, the schools earn 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 1p contribution for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice.

Wooler First and Glendale Middle Schools’ efforts in the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest can also help to beat the overall total of 115,000 biscuit wrappers that were saved from UK landfill during the 2014 contest.

Parent Dave Sage, who runs the recycling collections for both schools, said: “So far have we have saved 42,671 used biscuit wrappers on the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade and are in third place on the contest leaderboard.

“We also collect on the Tassimo Brigade, Febreze Air and Homecare Brigade, the Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, the Kenco Coffee Packaging Brigade and the BIC Writing Instruments Brigade. Overall, we have raised a total of £4,402 on TerraCycle’s recycling fund-raising schemes which has been used for eco-projects at the two schools.

“The support of the wider community can really help boost the number of biscuit wrappers we save from landfill, our chances of becoming a winner on the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Contest and the amount of money we raise for the schools.

“Local people can help by dropping off used biscuit wrappers 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.”