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New recycling scheme for Surrey and Hampshire schools


Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:14pm 11th January 2019. (Updated at 4:22pm 13th January 2019)

Thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing and shoes in Surrey and Hampshire could avoid being sent to landfills.

The Salvation Army have launched a new initiative called ‘Recycle with Michael’ aimed at youngsters in our community.

Local primary schools signing up to the scheme will be challenged to fill as many bags as possible before the end of March.

The winning school – the one with the highest ratio of bags to pupils – will receive a trophy, certificate and a very special visit from Michael, the mascot from the ‘Recycle with Michael’ programme.

A percentage of the bags’ financial value is donated back to the school to spend how they wish.

It is been called “an important way for schools to generate much-needed funds.”

The funds left over will go towards supporting the work done by the Salvation Army in helping vulnerable people across the UK.

One of the aims of the scheme is to educate children about how important recycling is – and to do it in a fun way.

There will also be free downloadable school materials, like presentations, posters and lesson plans focusing on important messages to do with the environment and charity.

This is Michael, the mascot of the 'Recycle with Michael' campaign
This is Michael, the mascot of the 'Recycle with Michael' campaign

Salvation Army Head of Corporate Partnerships Kirk Bradley says:

“We’ve tried to make the scheme as easy as possible for schools to take part in.

“By following four simple steps, schools across Surrey and Hampshire can receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of their donations directly into their school accounts.

“Many families sort and clear their homes in the New Year - we hope our competition will encourage everyone to give unwanted items a new lease of life.

“The initiative not only supports local children but also local communities through the work of The Salvation Army to tackle homelessness, poverty, addiction, modern slavery, unemployment and loneliness.”

Textiles are the fastest growing source of household waste in the UK and this is a simple and effective way of dealing with that – as all donations are either reused or recycled.

Schools can sign up here.

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