Coed y Lan Primary School
School pupils across Rhondda Cynon Taf have collected old school uniforms weighing more than one-and-a-half million grams, which the Council will now re-use or recycle.
The School Uniform Recycling Challenge 2017, launched by the Council in September, asked schools across the County Borough to collect as many old or unwanted items of school uniform as possible, to stop them going to waste.
On Wednesday, December 6, the three winning schools – who collected the largest weight of clothes per pupil – picked up their prizes at Ty Glantaf in Treforest, which is one of the Council’s seven Community Recycling Centres.
Click here to see more photos from the School Uniform Recycling Challenge 2017 presentation
Coed y Lan Primary School in Pontypridd won the competition after collecting more than 94,000g of clothes – that’s a huge sum of 758g per pupil! Nine pupils from the school’s Eco-Council visited Ty Glantaf on Wednesday, and the £300 top prize will go towards play equipment for their school’s yard.
Llwyncelyn Infants School
Llwyncelyn Infants School in Rhondda won the £100 second prize, presented to 13 pupils from its School Champions and Eco-Rangers groups. Penderyn Primary School in the Cynon Valley came third overall, and nine of its Eco-Council pupils were presented with their school’s £50 prize.
During the visits to Ty Glantaf, pupils were shown just some of the piles of old school uniforms which they had helped to re-use or recycle. They were presented with giant prize cheques and certificates by Councillor Ann Crimmings, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure.
Meanwhile, the Council’s recycling mascot Rhys Cycle stopped by to congratulate the pupils on their excellent recycling efforts.
Penderyn Primary School
In total, 27 schools across the County Borough took part in the competition, and a collective 1,639,905g of clothes was collected! That’s almost 500,000g more than what was collected in last year’s competition.
Councillor Crimmings said: “Congratulations to each and every school that participated in the uniform recycling challenge, and helped to collect so many old clothes for re-use. Well done in particular to the three winning schools – Coed y Lan Primary, Llwyncelyn Infants and Penderyn Primary.
“It was a pleasure to meet the enthusiastic young pupils on Wednesday who, even at such a young age, have shown an understanding of the importance of re-using and recycling our items, instead of sending them to waste.
“When collecting the piles of clothes, the Council offered each of the 27 participating schools the chance to keep some of them for re-use. Suitable items were also offered to the Council’s re-use shop The Shed, based at Llantrisant Community Recycling Centre, to find them a new home.
“The remainder of clothes were then recycled by the Council – so each and every item collected by the pupils was either re-used or recycled.
“And our recycling efforts are paying off! Earlier this year, the Council was told that 64% of its overall waste was recycled in 2016 – a County Borough record for a calendar year which is above the Welsh average (63%) and the Welsh Government’s current target (58%). This puts us in a good position to further improve our recycling rates, and hit the increased target of 70% by 2024-25."
Robert James, Headteacher of Coed y Lan Primary School, added: “This kind of competition shows the importance of recycling, and the pupils collected so much in terms of waste school uniform – we were staggered by just how much could be re-used.
“It was also a very useful exercise to show them, at their young age, how important it is to recycle.”
Posted on Friday 8th December 2017