NOTTINGHAM SCHOOL FUNDRAISING BY RECYCLING THE “UNRECYCLABLE”
- Mellers Primary School in Nottingham is raising money by recycling “unrecyclable” items from the community
- The school collects items that are not included in council kerbside recycling collections to send them to TerraCycle for recycling, keeping them out of landfill
- The community is encouraged to bring their items tothe school to help raise funds that will go towards purchasing a defibrillator alongside other school initiatives
Mellers Primary School in Nottingham is fundraising by collecting and recycling “unrecyclable” items from the community.
The school has signed up to several free recycling programmes offered by TerraCycle that allow the community to drop everyday items off to be recycled that would ordinarily go to landfill or incineration. The programmes include the Pringles Tube Free Recycling Programme, the Cathedral City Cheese Packaging Free Recycling Programme and the Baylis & Harding Free Recycling Programme.
Anyone in the local community can drop off items such as Pringles tubes, plastic cheese packaging, beauty products and packaging, toothbrushes and toothbrush heads, coffee bags and more. These items are not included in council kerbside recycling collections.
Once dropped off at the school, the items are sent to TerraCycle to be recycled. For every item collected TerraCycle points are earned which are redeemed as monetary donations to the school’s charity, with funds going towards purchasing a defibrillator alongside other school initiatives.
The drop-off point can be found at Mellers Primary School and is open to the community between 08.00 and 17.00 Monday – Friday during term time. Local residents are encouraged to bring their “unrecyclable” items to the location to be recycled and help boost the school’s fundraising efforts.
Miss Vasya Laleva from Mellers Primary School commented: “Thanks to the hard work of the staff and students we have raised £50 so far by sending this waste to TerraCycle. It’s a great way to teach the children about the importance of recycling and protecting the environment while also keeping as much waste out of landfill as possible.”
The collected items are sent to TerraCycle and are recycled by shredding, cleaning and turning into plastic pellets which can then be used by manufacturers to create new generic plastic products, such as outdoor equipment – reducing the need to extract new resources from the planet.
Miss Laleva added: “We are using the money to save up for a defibrillator to keep at the school and so we encourage everyone in the area to get involved and sort, save and bring the items we can recycle to our drop-off location. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill, and it also helps raise funds for a great cause.”
Pictured: Students from the Eco Team at Mellers Primary School and the collection point with some of the items they have saved from landfill so far
For more information about TerraCycle, or to get involved and help Mellers Primary School with their recycling efforts, head tohttps://www.terracycle.com/en-GB. You will also be able to find a full list of what the school can accept on the interactive maps.