Bringing the topic of sustainability and environmental protection to children’s attention is of paramount importance but doing so in a practical, fun and engaging way can be challenging. Procter and Gamble, Tesco and TerraCycle have come up with an interesting solution though, in the form of the 2018 Win a Playground for a School contest.

The contest focuses on raising awareness of the issue of waste recycling amongst the youngest in our society as well as their communities with the winning school receiving a playground made from recycled plastics.  The recycled playground will be built mainly with parts made from recycled plastic lumber from kerbside recycling waste collected in the UK that includes milk bottles, plastic drink bottles, plastic food trays and containers. Construction of a playground made from recycled plastic shows the possibilities of circular economy, with everyday use plastic waste being turned into a playing field. 2018 Win a Playground for a School Contest

To participate in the contest school’s simply sign up to the Air and Home Care Recycling Programme via the www.terracycle.co.uk website by 6th June 2018.  Then from 13th June the UK public can vote for any school signed up to the programme to win the competition. The school which receives the highest number of votes by 24th July 2018 will win the grand prize, its very own recycled plastic playground.

The Air and Home Care Recycling Programme is a recycling programme for plastic air fresheners and home care waste like trigger heads, flip top caps and flexible cleaning wipes packs which can’t be recycled by kerbside recycling collections and so would otherwise end up in landfill.  As well as teaching the pupils the importance of recycling in a simple practical way the school also earns two TerraCycle points for the weight of each piece of air freshener and home care product and packaging waste they send in for recycling, with each point being redeemable for a one penny contribution.  

Scott Popham, Senior Communications Manager at P&G comments: “We hope that the construction of a playground made from recycled plastic will help raise awareness of the issue of plastic recycling amongst the youngest in the UK.  The 2018 Win a Playground for a School contest aims to spread the message of the importance of recycling and engage communities in a fun activity.  Whilst at the same time helping to reduce plastic litter from entering nature’s playground and polluting the planet, instead creating play areas for kids to enjoy a bit of fresh air everywhere.” 

Mike Deane-Hall, Headteacher at Wooler First School, the winners of the 2017 Win a Playground for a School contestcommented:‘’We are proud and thankful to our community who rallied together to secure the fantastic win for our school in the 2017 contest.   The recycled playground prize was officially opened in April and has been a great addition to the school and proving extremely popular with all the children. We certainly recommend that other school’s sign up to the Air & Home Care Recycling Programme as a practical way to teach children the importance of recycling and also be in with a chance of winning their own recycled playground.  

Teaching our youngest children about recycling is important for us as for many years we have championed recycling in our community with the children taking the lead. Our pupils mounted an impressive and enthusiastic campaign to encourage the local community to vote for us, including a music video. As well as being fun for the children to play on, the new recycled playground will help us on an ongoing basis to show new pupils that waste doesn’t have to end up in the bin!’’

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Pictured above (left) Wooler First School pupils and staff at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the unveiling of their 2017 Win a Playground for a School prize. (right) Pupils from Wooler First School enjoying their recycled playground prize.

To participate in the 2018 Win a Playground for a School contest, school’s must sign up to the Air and Home Care Recycling Programme via the www.terracycle.co.uk website by 6th June 2018.  

 

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