Since 1950, the quantity of plastic produced has doubled approximately every 15 years

‘WE RAISED £149 WITH RAGS 2 RICHES’ pay for old DVDs, CDs, games and electronics. Simply enter the barcodes of items on the website (or scan them through an app) to see how much they are worth. Then box them up and send them off via Freepost. CEX ( and Ziffit ( also recycle media and electronic products. It’s a good idea to research the market to see who pays the most – and for what. To avoid the time-consuming task of checking each item individually, research a cross section of donations to establish which company generally gives the most profit.

TerraCycle Nearly all types of plastic can be recycled, but whether this actually happens comes down to the facilities and technology available to your local council. This is where TerraCycle comes in. TerraCycle is an international programme that allows you to earn funds by recycling the ‘non-recyclable’, which includes coffee capsules, pens, crisp packets and even toothpaste tubes. TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes funded by brands

The school community at St Bartholomew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery in Worcestershire (270 pupils) has rallied behind the PTA’s campaign to raise more than £20,000 for new play equipment, recently collecting 70 bags of high-quality secondhand clothes in exchange for 50p per kilo from Rags 2 Riches. The Friends of St Bartholomew’s were delighted to generate £149.50 from the collection. Headteacher Ian James said: ‘The Friends

of St Bartholomew’s has set an ambitious target and are working brilliantly to generate funds through opportunities such as the Rags 2 Riches project. They have already raised over £6,000 towards the new play equipment and the children are getting very excited as the project starts to feel real.’

around the world, so you can choose the ones that best suit your school and community. Many brands offer TerraCycle

points to collection locations, which are redeemable for 1p per point. While not necessarily the biggest earner, you will be taking big steps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration. You can either enrol your school as a collection point, or collect recyclable goods and take them to your nearest location, which can be found on the website TerraCycle can provide free resources, including posters and guides, to inspire your pupils in their recycling efforts, so you could use this as a learning opportunity for pupils by creating an eco council to encourage collections.

79% of all plastic ever made has become litter or landfill

Of the 6.3bn metric tons of plastic waste that exists, only nine per cent has been recycled

Out of the 2.26m tonnes of plastic packaging waste produced in the UK in 2017, less than half was recycled or recovered

Half of all plastic manufactured

becomes rubbish less than a year after it is made

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