Prospect Hill Junior School have thanked the people of Worksop for helping them to win a nationwide recycling contest.
The school has won the BIC Back to School Collection Contest, a recycling competition to see which UK school could save the most writing instruments from landfill.
The school has thanked the local community for their help after an impressive 5,609 used writing instruments were collected by the school’s network of collectors and the wider local community during the three-month contest,
This meant Prospect Hill scooped the top prize of a charity donation of £100 and a BIC goodie bag worth £100.
Across the country overall, a total of almost 100,000 used writing instruments were saved from UK landfill by collectors nationwide.
Prospect Hill beat off strong competition from participating locations all over the UK.
In the end though, the sterling collection efforts of local people across Worksop helped Prospect Hill Junior School secure top spot.
Whilst writing instruments are recyclable, UK councils simply don’t have the infrastructure to recycle this type of waste and so traditionally it was needlessly ending up in landfill.
This prompted BIC and recycling experts TerraCycle to join together in 2011 to launch an innovative solution for UK consumers in the form of the Writing Instruments Brigade.
The scheme encourages consumers across the UK to help end what environmentalists say is an enormous waste of resources, by using freepost labels to send in any brand of used writing instruments to be recycled into everyday products such as watering cans, garden benches and waste bins.
Prospect Hill support assistant Garry Nelson commented: “We are delighted to have won.”
“We would like to thank all the local people who helped us to win the contest by dropping off their waste pens back to the school.”
“We continue to recycle pens on an ongoing basis so we urge local people to continue helping us with our collections by dropping off any brand of used pen, mechanical pencil, highlighter, felt tip and marker back to the collection box in Prospect Hill Junior schools reception at any time and to help spread the recycling message locally.”