School rewarded for recycling effort

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Wooler First School has come second in the nationwide McVitie’s Wrappers to Riches recycling contest, winning a £75 charity donation prize and a McVitie’s goodie bag full of biscuits!

A staggering 8,822 used biscuit wrappers were collected by the school’s network of collectors and the wider local community during the three-month contest, which ran until the end of April.

Overall during the three month contest a total of 117,934 used biscuit wrappers were saved from UK landfill by collectors nationwide.

This achievement shows a consistent commitment to recycling from Wooler First School, who also won TerraCycle’s Biscuit Wrapper Round-Up contest in 2013.

The school was narrowly beaten by first-placed Poindextor Explorer Scout Unit from Northwood in Middlesex but saw off competition from thousands of participating locations all over the UK to come second. The third placed Women’s Aid charity in Grimsby completed the top three collection points.

Wooler First School have already raised an incredible £2,372 for the school through TerraCycle’s recycling fundraising schemes. The school plans to use its well-earned cash award for additional classroom resources and forest school equipment.

Dave Sage, from Wooler First School’s Eco-Committee, commented: “Whilst we are disappointed not to have retained our biscuit wrapper recycling title, Wooler First School is delighted to have finished runners up in the 2014 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest. This is another example of the enthusiastic recycling efforts of both the pupils at Wooler First School and the wider local community.

“We would like to thank all the local people who continue to help with our collections and to spread the recycling message locally.”

Local people can continue to help by dropping off the waste packaging to the 24/7 collection box outside the Cheviot Centre or one of many public drop-off points around Northumberland – see to find your closest drop-off point.

Any brand of coffee refill bag, coffee bean bag, plastic coffee jar lid, single serve coffee stick or sachet, writing instrument, baby food pouch and baby wipes pack is accepted. As well as Activia, Actimel and Shape yogurt pots and Tassimo TDISC’s and outer flow wrap packaging.”

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