Budleigh clothes recycling: school banks cash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2015

Year six children from St Peters school are pictured putting some clothing in their new recycling bin this week.  Ref exb 3152-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Year six children from St Peters school are pictured putting some clothing in their new recycling bin this week. Ref exb 3152-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Youngsters in Budleigh Salterton could be set for extra school outings and new school equipment after the launch of a community recycling scheme.

St Peter’s School’s parent-teacher association (PTA) recently installed a textiles recycling bank outside the school gates to allow residents to dispose of their unwanted clothes.

The school will get paid a cash sum every term in return for the clothes.

Funds raised pay for school trips, equipment and theatre productions.

The school will be working in partnership with ‘Rag-bag’ which will pick up the unwanted clothes when the container becomes full.

Residents can fill special bags provided by the scheme and put them in the bank at anytime.

Textiles will then be sorted and sent to war-torn countries in Africa such as Kenya and Nigeria for people to wear.

PTA chairman Jen Mills hopes the venture becomes a vital community service.

She said: “The school is delighted – anything that can support its budget can only be good.

“The school is growing and is being asked to teach more kids with less money.

“I think it is a really useful thing for the community because it is available all the time.

“We would encourage residents to come and collect a bag and fill it with wearable textiles at their own convenience.”

She also stressed that the scheme can only take wearable items, so towels, bedding and curtains would not be accepted.

Headteacher Steve Hitchcock said: “I think it is good for the children and community to get behind a worthwhile project like this.

“It’s a chance to give something back to the wider world community. The fact that we get some funding for our PTA as well is an added bonus.

“I hope the community will support it.”

For more information or to obtain ‘rag-bags’, email spsa.budleighsalterton@gmail.com

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