Pupils at Wooler First School are asking the community to help them defend their 2013 recycling title and win a share of £500 in charity prizes.
The school is collecting for the UK-wide Wrappers to Riches recycling fundraising contest, to see who can save the most used biscuit wrappers from landfill. Pupils are busy collecting as many used biscuit wrappers as they can in an effort to help both the local environment and the school itself.
A combined £500 in charity prize donations will be awarded to the top 20 collectors across the country.
Dave Sage, from Wooler First School PTA, said: “In 2013, thanks to the contributions of the wider community of Wooler and Glendale, we finished in first place for the Biscuit Wrapper Roundup contest after collecting 7,810 wrappers.
“The children are very excited to be taking part again and we are confident we can defend our title and collect even more this year for the Wrappers to Riches contest with the support of local people.”
The contest, which runs until 6pm on April 30, is part of recycling fundraising scheme McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade, set up by McVitie’s and recycling experts TerraCycle, which aims to reduce the billions of wrappers being sent to UK landfill.
Wooler First School will earn four TerraCycle points 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 one pence contribution for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice.
“The Brigades offer a practical hands-on experience for the children when it comes to learning about the importance of recycling and resource management, and they are very enthusiastic in their collections,” Mr Sage added.
Pupils and staff have now formed an eco-committee following and are working towards the Eco-Schools Bronze award with the help of Terracycle’s initiatives.
Wooler First School joined the Biscuit Wrapper Brigade in January 2013 and to date has saved 11,771 wrappers from landfill. It also collects on the Activia Yogurt Brigade, BIC Writing Instruments Brigade, Coffee Packaging Brigade, Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, Johnson’s Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade and the Tassimo Brigade. Through TerraCycle they have raised an amazing £1,471.50 for the school.
A 24/7 outdoor collection box is available at the Cheviot Centre on Padgepool Place for anyone wishing to drop off any brand of used biscuit wrapper, pens, baby food pouches, baby wipes packs, coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, plastic coffee jar lids and single serve coffee sachets. Plus Activia, Actimel and Shape yogurt pots and Tassimo T-DISCs and outer flow wrap packaging.