North West Leicestershire District Council collects national prize for its school uniform campaign

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

17th May 2024 | Local News

An example of the uniform racks with the signs used to explain the campaign to people. All images: North West Leicestershire District Council
An example of the uniform racks with the signs used to explain the campaign to people. All images: North West Leicestershire District Council

North West Leicestershire District Council has won a national award for its School Uniform Swap Shop Campaign - which saved three tonnes of school uniform from landfill.

The popular school uniform swap shop, which ran for the first time last year, led to the council being crowned winners of the Re-use Initiative of the Year in the 2024 Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

The swap shop is a sustainable way for families to access school uniforms, which can be expensive to buy.

Families with outgrown uniforms, that are no longer needed, can donate them to the swap shop. Other families can then take these for free.

The council also partnered up with a charity group in Nottinghamshire to make sure 90.7kg worth of unclaimed plain school uniform was given to them and diverted away from landfill and incineration.

The Reuse Initiative of the Year Award from the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

Not only did the campaign give school uniform another life, the coat hangers and coat racks were donated and reused, as well as the boxes below the racks.

Due to its success, the campaign will be running again this summer.

Councillor Michael Wyatt, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: "Thank you to everyone who has supported the School Uniform Swap Shop, it's brilliant to receive national recognition for such an impactful campaign.

"As a council, we have a net zero carbon ambition, and this popular campaign helps support the re-use of school uniform.

"We understand how expensive it can be each year for parents to buy new school uniform, which is why we are choosing to run the School Uniform Swap Shop again this year.

A larger uniform rack with boxes underneath

Food Poverty Officer Helen Crouch, the officer who ran the campaign at NWLDC, said: "This is a huge achievement, not only for us at NWLDC but for the people and families that donated the uniform and racks and all the venues in the district that kindly allowed us to use their space.

"We will be doing it again this year due to its success and large amount of positive feedback we received from it.

"It is important for the School Uniform Swap Shop to become sustainable, I hope it becomes a yearly campaign that we can continue and I urge any council to get in contact and run this in their area."

     

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