SS Gabriel and Raphael Primary School 1st

A winning school from Rhondda Cynon Taf has collected enough school uniform to not only secure a top prize but to supply each pupil in its school, with a school jumper, with some leftover to spare!

SS Gabriel & Raphael RC Primary School has scooped the top prize for the second year running of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s school Re-uniform recycling competition, as they have collected a massive 104,250g of school uniform – equivalent to 286 school jumpers!

They were closely followed by Coedpenmaen Primary School and Trerobart Primary School who scooped third prize. Together, the three winning schools collected the equivalent weight of enough jumpers for every pupil in the top three schools to receive a jumper with 150 to spare (732 jumpers).

The challenge, which was set in September, asked schools to collect as much school uniform as possible and bring them in to their schools to be recycled or reused. The total amount of uniform collected was then calculated in line with the number of pupils at the participating school to find the overall winner.

A total of 19 schools took part in the challenge which saw over 1,384,160 grams of school uniform collected – that’s equivalent to the weight of 3051 jumpers, which would take185 washing loads to clean! 

The top three schools scooped cash prizes for their winning efforts with SS Gabriel & Raphael RC Primary School receiving £300 Coedpenmaen Primary School receiving £100 and Trerobart Primary School receiving £50.

The three schools received their prizes at a special event which allowed them to see how much waste was collected by all 19 schools – The collected uniform items were stacked in washing piles, to showcase just how important recycling just one item can be.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Heritage Services, said:

“Congratulations must go to the pupils of all the 19 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf that took part in the competition.

“They collected an unprecedented amount that has resulted in over 1384kg of potential waste being re-used, recycled and successfully diverted from landfill.

“The pupils have shown a real enthusiasm for recycling and understand why it is so important. We plan to hold a similar competition after the Christmas holidays and we are asking all schools to get on board by recycling their Christmas cards.

“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives. As we run out of space for our waste, we have to do all we can to ensure we reduce what we throw away, reuse what we can, and recycle at every opportunity. The Council is championing various services to help all its residents to stop, think and recycle, including a weekly kerbside dry, food and nappy recycling service.

“Together we can make a difference as these school pupils have shown. Keep up the great work and let's make 2020 a waste free year!

For more information on recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit

Posted on Wednesday 4th December 2019

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