Local schools get ‘cash for clobber’ with new council competition

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are encouraging school children across the borough to grab their garb and get pounds for pullovers, pyjamas and party dresses as part of the colossal Cash for Clobber competition.

Run in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Eco-Schools and Cookstown Textile Recyclers Cash for Clobber is a great way for schools to be environmentally friendly by recycling old and unwanted clothing and raise some welcome funds at the same time with the schools who collect the most textiles being in with the chance of winning a host of fantastic cash prizes up to £1500!

All participating schools need to do is collect clothing using bags or specially designed bins (banks) or both.

All types of new or used clean clothing and shoes (pairs only) are acceptable.

Other items accepted include textiles (except duvets and pillows).

Last year 235 schools took part collecting a whopping 275 tonnes of clothing.

If every school in NI took part, an amazing 1,163 tonnes of clothing could be diverted from landfill to be reused or recycled. In addition to providing a simple and effective way to recycle unwanted clothing, and make money for your school, the Cash for Clobber programme from Cookstown Textile Recyclers contributes financially to numerous local charities.

Cookstown Textile Recyclers are the only BSI certified clothing recycling company that Eco-Schools recommends.

Clothing collected is redistributed to developing countries around the world or recycled into industrial fibres.

To find out more about the work of Cookstown Textile Recyclers go to their website at www.c-t-r.com.

Schools who would like to get involved or find out further information can contact the Cash for Clobber Team on 028 9447 9380 or visit www.cashforclobber.ie

The closing date for the competition is Friday June 30, 2017.