'Recycle with Michael’ collections being accepted until 20th September  Image: The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd

Recycle with Michael’ collections being accepted until 20th September

The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd is reminding Bedfordshire teachers, primary school children, and parents that there is still time to get involved in the ‘Recycle with Michael’ initiative when the new school term starts.

Recycle with Michael is designed to divert thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing and shoes away from landfill. School children are encouraged to fill up as many bags as possible. This could be one way to keep the kids busy over the school summer holidays.

Maybe their school will be crowned the Recycle with Michael Bedfordshire Champions. The winning school – calculated as the one with the highest ratio of bag weight to pupils – will receive a trophy, certificate and a visit from Michael, the scheme’s mascot.

A way for Bedfordshire primary schools to generate funds

If a primary school has already signed up to the initiative and distributed the branded collection bags before term finished then the process is already underway.

However, parents who are unaware of the scheme can still help their children to fill up any carrier or black bag over the holidays. These can be taken into their school when the September term begins.

Kirk Bradley, head of Corporate Partnerships at The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, said:

“So far less than 10% of Bedfordshire primary schools have signed up to the initiative, so many establishments are missing out on generating additional funds for their pupils.

“For parents, the summer holidays provide an ideal opportunity to get their children to have a good sort out of their clothes and shoes, and think about all the things they could recycle while explaining to them the importance of keeping unwanted goods away from landfill.”

The Recycle with Michael initiative is not just designed to teach children the benefits of recycling and raise awareness of landfill issues though.

It was launched earlier this year as a great way for Bedfordshire primary schools to generate much-needed funds. A percentage of the bags’ financial value is donated back to the school to spend how they wish.

The remaining funds raised will go towards supporting The Salvation Army’s work to help vulnerable people from all walks of life in communities across the UK.

Bedfordshire primary schools who are yet to sign up to the Recycle with Michael initiative can do so by visiting www.recyclewithmichael.co.uk.

Collections, to participate in the county competition, can be booked until Friday 20th September to allow enough time in the new school term.