Waste – Focus Point 8

Focus 8 : Recycling at School


We have been learning about TerraCycle UK.  They are an innovative recycling company who have become global leaders in recycling the hard-to-recycle waste.


They offer a range of free recycling programmes for anyone to participate in.  This is supported by brands, manufacturers and retailers around the world.  When you are part of the programme, you collect specific things.  When you have collected a lot, you then post it to TerraCycle.  They then give you money for what you have collected.  For businesses and companies, they can donate the money to a charity or a school.  Schools can keep the money or donate it to a charity.


We looked at the different programmes to see which ones would be the best to get involved with.  We chose the following 2 programmes.

Unfortunately, these programmes are very popular and so we were not able to be used as a drop off location.  However, through looking at the map of our area, we noticed that Milltimber Primary is a drop off location for the crisp packet scheme while the James Hutton Institute is a drop off location for the writing instruments scheme.  We contacted both places and asked if they were willing to work with us on their programmes so that we could both benefit from the rewards.  They said yes!


We will let you know when this is started so you can start collecting!!  For more information, please see their website.  https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/


Our Rag Bag totals

So far, we have collected 2457kg which has earned us £982.80.

A huge well done to all our families for supporting the reduce-reuse-recycle message


Update April 2020
Due to the pandemic, we will have to put this on hold until we are told we can start collecting.

Today we officially opened our Rag Bag Clothing Bank which is now situated at the front of the school beside the main door. Please use the clothing bank to deposit any old clothing, footwear that you no longer need.  By doing this, you will help the school raise money, your clothes will be reused/recycled for good causes and you will be promoting an Eco Aware responsible attitude which is one of our school values.


“We are delighted to be working with Hazlehead Primary School in Aberdeen who joined our Rag Bag scheme some years ago. There is a very active Eco Group and the school overall has saved several tonnes of textiles from going to landfill. It has also earned thousands of pounds in RagBag fundraising over the years. In fact they are so productive in textile recycling that they now have one of our exterior clothing recycling banks on site positioned in the school grounds.”  Shona Grimmer, Promotions Officer, Nathans Wastesavers.


Further Information about Rag Bag

As you may be aware, Rag Bag is a free school fundraising scheme reusing and recycling unwanted textiles preventing them from ending up in landfill. Since 2006, they have helped schools raise over £10 million. They have over 3000 schools and community groups participating in Scotland!


Rag Bag is part of Nathans Wastesavers a national textile recycling company in operation since 1907. Nathans collect unwanted textiles from Schools, Charity Shops, and Community groups and also service Textile Banks throughout the UK. Their factory in Denny, Stirlingshire employ over 300 people and sort and grade over 500 tonnes of textiles every week preventing them from going into landfill!


Textiles are sorted and graded into over 100 categories with 84.7% of items being reused, 12.3% of items being recycled and 3% of items being unusable. The majority of items reused go to Africa as good quality second hand clothing, recycled items are cut into industrial wiping clothes and are used in the UK. The unusable items are turned into energy.


You can find out more about Rag Bag on their website www.rag-bag.co.uk