A Northumberland first school already renowned for its recycling prowess is now competing in a new nationwide competition.
Wooler First School has reached out to the community to help them save as many air and homecare products as possible from landfill, so that they may help them in their efforts to win the Febreeze Freshness Rewards Contest.
This new contest is part of an initiative called the Febreeze Air and Home Care Brigade which allows any brand of air and homecare products and packaging to be recycled for the first time. The initiative is open to anyone in the UK and the can sign up to the Air and Home Care Brigade and compete to win a share of £5,000-worth of charity donations.
The initiative was brought about due to the inadequate infrastructure to recycle the material trigger heads, flip caps and flexible plastic cleaning wipe packs are made of. Although technically recyclable, the high cost of doing so and the infrastructure in place make it a hard to recycle these mixed plastics. As a result of this, the material ends up in local landfill all over the UK.
The contest is to run until April 30th and is the biggest in TerraCycle UK’s history. Wooler First School also earn two TerraCycle points for the weight of each piece of air and homecare product or packaging that is sent in, and each point is redeemable for a 1p contribution to the school.
Dave Sage, who runs the recycling collections for the school said that they had “saved 1,298 pieces of waste on the new Febreeze Air and Home Care Brigade and are in sixth place in the leaderboard.” To date the school has been able to raise a total of £3,426 with the Terracycle scheme and the money has been used forr eco-projects at the school.
The efforts of Wooler First School can really make a difference, and would help boost the numbers of air and homecare waste products saved from landfill. The local community can also help by dropping off their used plastic air fresheners and plug-in refills, and other related products such as trigger heads, pumps, caps, of any brand and take it to their 24/7 collection box outside the Cheviot Centre or at one of the many public drop-off points that are being administrated by the school across Wooler, Berwick, Alnwick, Holy Island, Hadston, Heatherslaw.