July 23 2014 Latest news:
By Lauren Cope
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Scuffed shoes, tattered ties and frayed jumpers were welcomed at a Wymondham infant school last week after youngsters took part in a textiles recycling day.
Pupils at Ashleigh Infant School, in Sheffield Road, delved into cupboards and drawers to dig out the unwanted items as part of a Don’t Throw Them Away event on Friday.
The day, which raised £50 for school funds, was a bid to lower the amount of clothes sent to landfill sites – and instead encouraged people to recycle worn clothing and re-use quality items.
Almost 250kg of clothes was collected - around 1kg per pupil.
Annie Catlin, headteacher, said: “We decided to take part in this project because it’s a fun way to teach the children about the importance of recycling.
“By teaming up with the campaign and the Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) we’re helping to divert more clothes from landfill whilst also raising money for the school and The Salvation Army, which does important work in communities throughout the UK.”
Joe Mooney, Norfolk county councillor for Wymondham, was on hand to help sort out the clothes.
He said: “Everyone’s got the odd sock at home with a hole in it. Most of us assume it’s no good to anyone – and it’s really easy to throw it in the bin. But the fact is that it can be recycled, so just imagine what the impact would be if all the odd socks in Wymondham got recycled instead of land-filling.
“That would certainly boost our recycling rates.”
The Don’t Throw Them Away campaign is being run by Norfolk County Council around the area. SATCoL will be collecting the textiles as part of its Recycle With Michael children’s scheme, designed to encourage children to donate unwanted clothes and household items to raise money.
Do you know of any interesting events happening at a school near you? Tell the Mercury by calling 01379 651153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org