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recycling rewards school scheme

Monday 1st November 2021

We've been involved in rubbish clear ups in the past with Cranford Action Group (led by the wonderful and inspirational local resident and teacher Umme) and the amount of trash collected - you wouldn't believe! So when innovative schemes (exchanging plastic waste for tokens to spend) like this come along, we're right behind it. In one way, it shouldn't be down to children to clear up waste from others but if the next generation can look after our planet better than generations before them, Earth will be in better hands...

SchoolCycled is an initiative by MyGroup, designed to educate the next generation about recycling, fragile ecosystems and sustainability. Schools onboarded onto the scheme are encouraged to collect plastic waste in exchange for 'earth tokens' that can be cashed in for recycled furniture & play equipment.

The scheme is looking to partner with other businesses to sponsor & support the education & involvement of more schools across the country.

SchoolCycled is aimed primarily at key stage 1 & 2 level children and is designed to engage the next generation in essential conversations about the environment, pollution and recycling. Through regular educational resources, lesson plans, and a dedicated recycle & get rewarded style scheme, teachers can inspire the Greta Thunberg's & David Attenborough's of tomorrow.

The programme is currently being piloted in selected schools across Yorkshire and includes recycling boxes for plastic bottle caps. Once the boxes are full, the bottle caps are weighed in & exchanged for Earth Tokens. Schools can exchange these tokens for chairs, tables, mud kitchens and planters made from the plastic waste they've collected.

MyGroup is dedicated to making genuine differences for the future of our planet. Izzie Glazzard, ReWorked, says, "As a group, our core goal is to inspire the next generation through fun activities, incentivised recycling and creating items from the plastic the schools collect for the classroom and playground - being able to see a physical reward in exchange for recycling encourages positive habits in our younger population."

The pilot launched this month in five primary schools and will be carefully tracked by the MyGroup team, ensuring new lesson plans, activities and rewards being delivered every month. They hope to team up with other businesses & sponsors to roll the scheme out across the UK - interested companies wanting to support the project can get in touch at schoolcycled@mygroupltd.com for more information.

Maisie Callow, ReWorked, said, "We started the SchoolCycled scheme to give back to local communities; we feel with the right support, we can deliver sustainable education to children across the UK. Seeing the joy it brings when the kids can see the physical items created from their collected bottle caps is just brilliant!"

Schools interested in taking part in the scheme can sign up here >>> https://mygroupltd.com/schoolcycled/

Businesses wanting to sponsor the scheme/schools can get in touch at schoolcycled@mygroupltd.com

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