Recycle with Michael

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd launches recycling competition

Bedfordshire schools are being encouraged to ‘Recycle with Michael’. This is part of an initiative by The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd to divert thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing and shoes away from landfill.

Local schools that sign up to the scheme will be challenged to fill as many bags as possible before the end of September2019. This is for the chance to be crowned Michael’s recycling champions.

The winning school will be the one with the highest ratio of weight to pupils. It will receive a trophy, certificate and a very special visit from Michael, the scheme’s mascot.

Recycle with Michael is designed especially for primary school-aged children. The programme is also an important way for 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.

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

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

“We hope our competition will encourage children and their families to give unwanted items a new lease of life.”

The scheme aims to educate young people about the importance of recycling in a fun and engaging way. The programme is supported by free downloadable school materials, such as presentations, posters and lesson plans which teach environmental and charitable messages.

Schools can sign up by visiting to register and request bags.