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Wake up in Wooler and smell the coffee

Pupils and teacher Miss Symons from Wooler First School with some of the coffee packaging waste they have saved from landfill.

Pupils and teacher Miss Symons from Wooler First School with some of the coffee packaging waste they have saved from landfill.

Wooler First School pupils are hoping to do the double by winning a second title in a nationwide recycling scheme.

The school, which was last year crowned biscuit wrapper round-up champions, has now set its sights on coffee packaging waste as part of a six month collection contest which aims to reduce the amount of coffee packaging sent to landfill.

The school is calling for residents, c groups and businesses to drop off their used coffee refill bags, sachets and coffee jar lids to the 24 hour outdoor collection point at the Cheviot Centre.

The people of Wooler have so far helped save nearly 20,000 units of coffee packaging waste from landfill, raising £386.80 for Wooler First School in the process.

School eco-committee member Dave Sage, who administers the collections, said: “We have been so amazed by the support from local coffee shops, garages and supermarket cafes who keep back their empty coffee bags. Thanks also to our small team of parents and friends who collect from these businesses regularly.”

The contest is part of the Coffee Packaging Brigade, a recycling fundraising scheme set up by Kenco and recycling experts TerraCycle that offers communities the chance to recycle coffee packaging.

The Cheviot Centre is one of 72 places across the UK all vying to save the most coffee packaging waste. Prizes will be awarded to the locations that have saved the most packaging from landfill by the time the contest ends on August 31, with the top three collectors winning a bench made out of recycled coffee packaging, Kenco products and a share of £100 in charity donations.

Wooler First School earns two points for the weight of each unit of coffee packaging waste they send in. Each point is redeemable for a one penny contribution to the school, which will go towards classroom resources, environmental initiatives and extra-curricular activities.

Coffee shop owners can email dave@recyclewooler.org.uk to see if coffee bag waste can be picked up by a volunteer.

 

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