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Recycling Schemes for Schools and Early Years

Below you can find information about rewarding recycling schemes.


TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes where you can receive rewards for the waste you recycle, you can view some of the programmes they offer below.

  • EllaCycle
    TerraCycle and Ella's Kitchen® have partnered to create EllaCycle, a free recycling programme for any brand of baby food pouches and Ella’s Kitchen’s snack wrappers, and a fundraising opportunity for participants. Find out more information here.
  • The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme
    TerraCycle® and Walkers® have partnered to create a free recycling scheme which accepts all crisp packets.

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    Recycle all brands of plastic confectionery packaging through this programme. Find out more information here.

  • Thumbnail for The KP Snacks® Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet Recycling ProgrammeThe KP Snacks® Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet Recycling Programme
    TerraCycle® and KP Snacks® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets. This recycling programme is open to all individuals, schools, organisations (charities, town halls, local authorities) and companies based in the UK. Find out more information here.

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    The pladis Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme
    TerraCycle®, McVitie's®, Carr's®, Go Ahead® and Jacob's® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers. Find out more information here.

        Click for a full list of TerraCycle programmes

Empties Please [Ink]

The scheme is really simple and easy to run…Empties Please will collect your used ink cartridges and donate the money raised to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation or a charity of your own choice.

  • We supply you with a recycle bin and starter pack
  • You choose ‘Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’ OR a charity of your own choice
  • There are posters to display in and around your business and offices
  • Once your bin is full contact ‘Empties Please’ to collect it free of charge and drop off a new recycle bin
  • We process the cartridges at our warehouse
  • We send you a certificate and make the payment directly to your good cause

For more information please visit their website.

The following businesses also offer a similar scheme, with some offering discounts on new ink purchases:


  BIC Pen Recycling Scheme

In 2011 BIC, in partnership with TerraCycle, launched a programme to recycle all used writing instruments, whether or not they are BIC® branded, turning them into new useful products such as benches, pencil pots, etc. Both free and voluntary, this programme enables schools who are willing to participate the opportunity to launch a collection in their establishments.

This initiative is not only a way to raise awareness and take responsible action for the environment but it’s also a charitable gesture where 2p per writing instrument is collected and donated to a charity. The charity is chosen by the collecting team, or the money can be donated directly to finance an educational project.


Recycle Plastic to Make Your School Fantastic!

Garnier Ultimate Blends are offering GB primary schools the chance to WIN a playground makeover - made from recycled materials - worth up to £10,000* in return for doing their part to recycle bathroom product waste.

1. Sign-up to the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme in partnership with Garnier® and TerraCycle®. You will need to create a TerraCycle® account and sign up as a primary school under "organisation type".

2. Give your consent to participate in the Recycle Plastic to Make Your School Fantastic contest via the consent form found here.

3. Collect as much accepted waste as possible and send it to TerraCycle®

  Sign up for the scheme

Cash 4 Cans - Recycle Aluminium Cans 

Not only does recycling aluminium cans help the environment, but it can also be used to raise funds for yourself, a charity or community project.

How does it work?

  • As a guide, the current average price paid for aluminium cans (as of November 2016) is around 40-50p per kg. However, the price does vary across metal merchants, so make sure to check.
  • There are recycling centres and scrap dealers all across the UK that will pay for a bundle of aluminium cans.
  • To cut down on metal thefts, since 2012 scrap metal dealers are not allowed to give paper cash for metal, but can pay by electronic transfer or cheque.
  • Once the recycling centre has the cans, they will be sent for recycling, where they’ll be made into new aluminium products.

The nearest drop off point to Cornwall is:

Glanvile Metals Ltd

Lummaton Quarry Recycling Centre
Happaway Road
Barton Torquay
Telephone: 0180 331 6400

Recycle old mobile phones.

If you have old work mobiles no longer in use, recycle them! Do ensure you remove all data and wipe the phone prior to sending it away. It’s up to you to make sure your personal data has been, or will be, removed from your mobile phone.

Have a look at Freedom MobilesCompare and Recycle or Envirofone if you’re looking to sell your phone. 

Bag2School - Clothing recycling

We all have clothing in our wardrobes that we haven’t worn in ages! In a world of fast fashion, we now have a lot of stuff – but when it comes to a clear out what do you do to make sure the environment comes off best?

Bag2School has the answer – we’ve been helping schools for over 15 years and in the process paid out over £32 million to PTAs and Friends of School Groups and many other organisations. The More We Weigh the More We Pay.

Happy School Bag- Clothing recycling

At Happy School Bag we offer schools the opportunity to raise funds and at the same time to help our environment by keeping valuable and reusable resources out of landfill. We specialise in collecting and buying quality second hand clothes, working together with the pupils, parents and teachers to fundraise, recycle and educate. The scheme is suited for schools from playgroups to colleges as well as other organisations. This cost free programme actively promotes recycling at school and encourages children to become involved in waste reduction.

At the moment we pay £0.60 per Kg when you book 1 collection and we will pay *£0.65 per kilo when you book 4 collections in advance.

More clothing/textile  recycling schemes;
Recycle with Michael - Salvation Army
Rag Bag - Textile Recycling

Composting for schools - RHS Article

Get free compost for your school by creating your own. If you produced enough, you could sell it!

  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed

Collect used stamps - Raise money for charities 

Follow the link above for a list of national charities, or choose from a local organisation/charity below. 

Cornwall Used Cooking Oil - Cash paid for your used cooking oil 

Would you like to receive 20p per litre of your used oil? 

We will pay cash for waste vegetable oil which we use to produce biodiesel for our own family vehicles. We will recycle you waste cooking oil locally and will pay you for allowing us to collect it. 

Cash 4 Coins - collect old or foreign money

Whether you’ve exhausted all the usual fund-raising ideas in your local area, or are just beginning to collect donations, a foreign coin collection is always an easy and successful fund-raiser. Why? Because people don’t mind parting with their foreign coins, so they give them away in handfuls. More information.

  • Call the schools and clubs team on 0161 635 0000

Donate unwanted meals and food to the local community

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