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Oakley Vale joins world wide recycling programme to help the environment

Students at Oakley Vale Primary School have joined TerraCycle a free recycling programme funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste and raise money for the school.

TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it. This moves the waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy.

Oakley Vale is the only location in the area that has joined the programme and members of the local community can drop into the school to leave their unwanted waste.

By sending waste to TerraCycle you will avoid it ending up as litter, in a landfill or incineration facility. Instead, new materials and products will be made with your collected waste, reducing the need to extract new materials from the planet.  

There are a number of different recycling programmes to join. Oakley Vale has chosen to work with Febreeze in their Air and Home Care Recycling Programme and McVitie's®, Carr's®, Go Ahead® and Jacob's® in their Non-Savoury Biscuit and Cracker Wrappers programme. You can drop off the following items at the school to be recycled;


  • Plastic bottle caps and plastic trigger heads (used for air care and home cleaning products such as kitchen /bathroom cleaner sprays)
  • Flexible wipe packaging (used for home cleaning products)
  • Pumps and caps for home cleaning products
  • Plastic air freshener packaging
  • Plastic air fresheners and air freshener cartridges
  • All brands of non-savoury biscuit wrappers
  • All brands of cracker wrappers

For every piece of recycling that is collected the school will earn two pence which they will put towards equipment to improve the school.

Year 1 teacher Miss Laura Medley said, ‘We heard about this programme and really wanted our school to be involved as, not only are we helping to save the environment, but we are also raising money for the school so it is a win- win situation. Our group the ‘Little Ambassadors’ are taking control of it and will be visiting every classroom on a Friday to collect anything that has been brought into the school to recycle.

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