Merton Council helps children turn trash into cash

Aragon Primary School pupils are digging deep for forgotten and unwanted treasures to sell at their sale day next month.

Vintage clothes, second-hand books, unwanted toys and furniture are all items the children are hoping to salvage and sell at Weir Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre between 1pm and 2.30pm on Thursday 18 June.

The school eco-team has been working with Merton Council on a number of environmental workshops this year and cash raised from their sale day will go to pay for new school equipment.

Residents wanting to support the young people can leave reusable and saleable items at the Weir Road site for them to sell on their big day.

Every year primary schools from across the borough take part in sale days organised by the council and Environmental Waste Controls (EWC). Plans are already in place for a further sale day on Thursday 9 July with Beecholme Primary School.

Aragon Primary School headteacher Gill Wilson said: “The children are working really hard to find books, ornaments and even pieces of furniture people no longer want.

“They are very excited about organising the sale day and are determined to make it a success and raise as much money as possible for the school.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson said: “I am delighted to see our schoolchildren showing such a keen interest in the environment and in the future of their schools. It is wonderful to see items being recycled and sold on, and money being raised for such a good cause.

“We are committed to putting our residents’ needs first by protecting the borough for future generations and this includes reducing the number of unwanted items being sent to landfill. This scheme shows that what might be one person’s rubbish could be another person’s treasure.”


Notes to editor

The sale day is being held at the council’s 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.