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3rd Jul, 2022

Budding environmentalists in Warwickshire save tonnes of textiles from landfill

ECO-MINDED youngsters in Warwickshire have been saving the planet from needless landfill.

The Salvation Army has been running a recycling scheme with primary schools encouraging families to recycle old clothes and shoes.

Some 3,600 pupils took part in the Recycle with Michael Scheme collectively donating a 3.4 tonnes of textiles. The materials are recycled and reused wherever possible and the sale of the donations support the charity’s work to helping vulnerable people from all walks of life.

The largest donation in Warwickshire came from Loxley CofE Primary which won a trophy during a visit from scheme mascot Michael.

Salvation Army spokesman Kirk Bradley said: “We’re delighted to name the pupils from Loxley CofE Primary School our ‘Recycle with Michael’ champions.

“We were overwhelmed by the school’s response to the campaign and the dedication of pupils and staff in promoting and acting on the recycling message. Our van was full to the brim on collection day thanks to all the donations.

“In fact, participation in the competition across the whole county has been amazing. We hope this is the start of a determined drive to give unwanted items a new lease of life – turning clothes, shoes and textiles into funds for local schools as well as for our charitable work.”

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