CLASS ACT: Sunderland school makes its mark with recycling

Youngsters at Seaburn Dene Primary School with their pens.
Youngsters at Seaburn Dene Primary School with their pens.
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PUPILS at a Sunderland school are making their mark when it comes to recycling.

The children at Seaburn Dene Primary School are taking part in the BIC Back to School Collection Contest to see which school across the UK can save the most writing instruments from landfill.

The competition, launched by BIC and recycling experts TerraCycle, has seen the pupils at the Torver Crescent school frantically collecting unwanted and used writing implements of all varieties.

The BIC Back to School Collection Contest runs until today and the winners will be announced later this month.

At the end of the contest, the top three collecting schools will receive £100, £75, or £50 respectively, for their chosen school, charity or non-profit organisation, as well as prize packs with a combined value of £225.

Throughout the contest, TerraCycle has been regularly updating the leaderboard so participating schools can track their progress in the contest.

Seaburn Dene Primary School is also taking part in a collection box design contest called The Great Collection Box Challenge.

Schools will send in a photo of their box design, five of the entries will be chosen and then the public will then be asked to vote for their favourite box design through the contest page at

The winning school receives a £25 donation for its chosen school, charity, or non-profit organisation, as well as a prize pack.

Sheena Baker, from the Friends of Seaburn Dene Primary School, said: “Friends of Seaburn Dene Primary School joined the Writing Instrument Brigade in September 2013 and so far we have helped to save 6,131 writing instruments from landfill, raising £88 in the process.

“The funds raised have been used by Friends of Seaburn Dene for the school’s own fund.

“Whilst we have a good existing network of pupils and their families and friends collecting for us already we ask that the wider Sunderland community gets involved to help boost our chances of becoming the BIC Back to School Collection Contest winners.

“Together, we can save a significantly larger amount of writing instruments from landfill, which will really benefit the local environment. Simply drop your writing instruments, of any brand, to our collection box in the school reception, and we will send them in as part of our collections.”

The Writing Instrument Brigade was set up in 2011 to allow UK schools, offices and organisations to act as collection points, providing an alternative solution to sending writing instruments into local landfills.

All collected waste is recycled into everyday products such as watering cans, garden benches and waste bins. As well as contributing to the reduction of waste to local landfills, each item of waste is redeemable for a one pence contribution to any chosen charity, school, or non-profit organisation.