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Spotlight: Our Recycle with Michael scheme

Council unites with The Salvation Army for Recycle with Michael scheme to make recycling fun for primary school pupils

We’re helping to divert more clothes from landfill and giving them a new lease of life

North Yorkshire’s Hambleton District Council has partnered with the Salvation Army Trading Company’s national recycling scheme in order to get local primary schools recycling old clothes and shoes, while also raising money.

They joined forces with us to take part in the Recycle With Michael scheme, a fun and informative recycling initiative designed especially for primary school aged children. We provide a colourful clothing bank, which is branded with our recycling champion, Michael, for the school to place somewhere accessible on their property. We give the children lots of recycling bags to take home to their families to fill up with donations. All they need to do next is bring the bags back to the school, pop them in the bank and we’ll do the rest. 

One of the clothing banks is located at Romanby Primary School in Northallerton where governor and Hambleton’s Head of Environment, Paul Staines said the children were keen to recycle.

He said: “Textiles are the UK’s fastest growing household waste stream and people sometimes forget that it’s just as important to recycle your old clothes as some of the more obvious items like newspapers and bottles.”

When the banks are full our local collectors come to empty them. The textiles we receive will be reused or recycled wherever possible, with profit from the sale of the donations being given straight towards helping the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s trading company will then provide feedback on the weight of donations received from the school so they can then be rewarded with an amount of money – dependent on the weight of donations – as a thank you from SATCoL. This could be spent on new school equipment or in the local community … it’s completely up to the school. 

Paul Staines added: “Through this scheme we’re helping to divert more clothes from landfill and giving them a new lease of life, whilst raising money for both the school and The Salvation Army, which does such important work in communities throughout the UK.”

There are also banks at: Swainby & Potto C of E Primary School, Brompton Community Primary School, East Cowton C of E Primary School, Linton on Ouse Primary School, Applegarth Primary School, Alne Primary, Bedale C of E Primary School and Carlton Miniott School.  

For more information about the schools recycling scheme contact email: