‘Waste not, want not’ as primary kids sell rubbish to raise money

Youngsters from Merton Abbey Primary School’s Eco-Club will be seeking out hidden gems in residents’ unwanted items to sell at a sale day on Thursday 27 November.

Books, clothes, toys and furniture that can be salvaged will be sold at the school’s sale day at Weir Road Household Recycling Centre between 1pm -2.30pm to raise money for new school equipment.

Each year primary schools take part in the sale day organised by Merton Council and Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) to sell unwanted items and make money to buy educational equipment for their school.

Pelham Primary School headteacher Maria Keenan, who took part in last year’s event, said: ‘The children really enjoyed last year’s sale day. They got very involved and raised £280 for their school environmental projects. I would encourage other schools to take part in future sale days as it gives pupils the chance to realise how much of what they throw out can be reused or sold.’

Residents can contribute to future sale days by ensuring that they continue to send their unwanted items to Merton’s recycling centres.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: ‘I am delighted to see our schoolchildren showing such a keen interest both in looking after the environment and caring about the future of their schools. It is wonderful to see so much of what is sent to recycle centres being reused and sold to raise money for such a good cause.

‘We are committed to putting our residents’ needs first by reducing the number of items sent to landfill sites and so protecting the environment for future generations. This project demonstrates that what might be one person’s rubbish is often another’s treasure.’

Note to Editor

The Sale Day is being held at the Reuse and Recycling Centre, 36 Weir Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8UG.

Merton has 30 schools registered to the Eco-Schools programme. The programme provides a framework for schools to become more sustainable through a series of actions aimed at reducing our environmental impact and saving money.

Environmental Waste Controls is a waste and recycling management company which provides waste, recycling and compaction services