Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still cannot find an answer to your question, you can contact us.

Hidden Treasure Hunt

What is the Hidden Treasure Hunt?

The Hidden Treasure Hunt is a Waste Week 2022 competition for schools, inviting communities to take their unwanted electricals and tech to their nearest Currys store to be recycled. There are a range of Microsoft tech voucher prizes for schools with high levels of community participation and also a prize draw to provide all participating schools a chance to win.

When is the Hidden Treasure Hunt?

The Hidden Treasure Hunt starts on the 17 March – and finishes at midnight on the 14th April 2022. After this date, donations will not count, even if the donation occurred before this date/time.

Where, in the UK can I take part?

You can take part by taking your unwanted electricals and tech to any Currys store in the UK to be recycled. There are Currys stores all over the UK. See if there is a Currys store near you by checking the Currys store locator.

How do I help my school win?

After you take your unwanted electricals to a Currys store, you need to ‘register your recycling’ on the Hidden Treasure Hunt website by entering your email address, your school’s unique code, the store you visited, when and the number of items you dropped off to be recycled.

How do I get a ‘Cash for Trash’ voucher?

Take your unwanted electricals and tech to any Currys store in the UK to be recycled. Ask a Currys customer service advisor where you should drop off your electricals and tech, which is typically at the customer Returns Counter. Request your ‘Cash for Trash’ £5 voucher (that can be redeemed when you spend more than £25) when you drop off your items at the counter.

How do I get my school’s unique code?

Schools will be sent their unique code after signing up to The Pod’s Waste Week 2022 campaign (https://jointhepod.org/campaigns/waste-week-2022) within 24hrs of registering.

How can my school get involved?

To sign up to the Waste Week 2022 Hidden Treasure Hunt, your school needs to be registered with the Pod (free) (https://jointhepod.org/registration/registration-form-teacher) and signed up to the Waste Week 2022 campaign (https://jointhepod.org/campaigns/waste-week-2022).

What can be donated at Currys Stores?

Any small unwanted electrical and tech items…basically anything with a plug, battery, or cable, can be recycled in a Currys store. All we ask is that individual items be no larger than can fit in a typical carrier bag.

How many times can I recycle unwanted electricals and tech for the Hidden Treasure Hunt?

You can take unwanted electrical and tech items to Currys stores as many times as you like but you can only register your recycling once on the hiddentreasurehunt.org site. The competition will only recognise one recycling registration per email address so we would recommend taking all your items to Currys at the same time to reduce the number of journeys you make. The frequency of your donations won’t change the number of recycling registrations received by your school.

Does the number of items donated make a difference?

Each recycling registration on the hiddentreasurehunt.org site represents one school nomination, no matter how many items are recycled. The number of items recycled get added to the overall ‘recycled items counter’ on the site only.

Why is the school totaliser by number of recycling registrations and not by number of electrical and tech items recycled?

This is to reward schools for engaging communities effectively and raising awareness of environmental end of life solutions for e-waste, not for just getting the most items collected for recycling. This avoids the unfair advantage some larger schools in more affluent areas may have (where typically there may be more unwanted items).

This approach enables all schools to enlist the support of friends and families outside of their immediate school community, to help raise awareness of the importance of finding environmental solutions for e-waste, and increase their chance of winning.

We have included a prize draw for all participating schools (with at least one recycling registration) so every school, regardless of how successful they are about raising awareness about the importance of tackling the e-waste issue, have a chance to win.

Can schools take their unwanted ICT tech into Currys?

Unfortunately, not. This is classified as commercial waste. This competition is inviting small household electricals and tech to be recycled. There are a number of service operators that can help businesses find out responsible end of life options for the ICT tech. See recycleyourelectricals.org.uk for more details.

Can I nominate my school after the deadline (14th April 2022) if my donation was before that date?

The recycling registration form on the Hidden Treasure Hunt website will be closed at midnight on the 14th April 2022. Unfortunately, no registrations can be taken after that time, regardless of when the items were taken to Currys to be recycled.

Can I complete a recycling registration if I took electricals to be recycled in Currys (or any other location) before the 17th March 2022?


If I recycle my electricals in a different location because I don’t have a local Curry’s, can I complete a recycling registration for my school?

Unfortunately not in this competition. We are tracking the amount of recycling undertaken through Currys stores, which provides important data to help improve UK e-waste recycling services. It is still very important that you do recycle your electricals to care for the environment.

Where can I go to recycle my electricals if I am unable to reach a Currys?

There are many locations you can recycle unwanted electricals and tech across the UK.

You can go to Recycle Your Electricals postcode locator to find your nearest recycling point.

When will the school prize winners be notified?

All prize winners will be notified by email within 14 working days of the competition closing.
See the Hidden Treasure Hunt terms and conditions for more details.

Why do we need to provide an email address when we register our recycling?

We need your email address to ensure that your nomination for your school is unique, we will not share your email address with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, nor will we pass on your details to other websites. You can see our Hidden Treasure Hunt terms and conditions for more details.


Why do I need to register for the Pod?

Registering for the Pod gives you access to our extensive range of teaching resources and enables you to sign up to Pod campaigns. You and your students will be able to blog about your work too.

Who is eligible to register with the Pod?

To register with the Pod you must be a teacher, teaching assistant, school employee, associate or governor, community group leader Home Educator, or a local authority contact. You can also register if you are an employee of one of our sponsors.

Students and other members of the community can still view blogs, games, movies and the resources within Students. If you are a young person and you want to blog, your teacher or community group leader will give you a blog code.

Can several people from the same school register?

Yes, each user must create their own account. Register now.

I can't find my school on the Pod's registration pages, what should I do?

If you can't find your school on the Pod's registration page please try entering only the first part of your postcode. If you still can't find your school please you can use the manual registration.

I am unable to register and need some help. What should I do?

If you need help registering with the Pod, you can contact us and we will help you to register.


How can I find information about my account?

All your account information is in your My Account page, which can be found at the top of any Pod page when you are logged in.

Forgotten username or password – teacher or other user

If you are a teacher, you should log in with the email address you used to register on the site.

If you have forgotten your password, click here and enter your email address to be sent a reminder.

If you're still experiencing issues with your account, please contact us.

Forgotten username or password – student

If you have forgotten your username or password, please speak to your teacher who will be able to help you.

Can I change my account information?

Yes: if you are a teacher, teaching assistant or community group leader you can edit your details in your My Account page by clicking on 'Edit account information'. Please note that you can't change your email address, as this is your username for your account. To manually change your email address, ease contact us

If you would like to change your school or group’s address please contact us

Community & Activities

How can I find a school or group's homepage?

Once logged in you can go directly to your school or group's homepage by clicking on 'My school/group', next to 'My Account' at the top of the page.

How do I run an activity on the Pod?

First go to the Teachers section and browse the resources. If you have a specific topic you are looking for, open up the filter panel using the Search/Filter button. You can search by age, topic, subject, type of resource and campaign (lesson plans associated with a particular Pod campaign i.e. Switch Off Fortnight). 

Download your resource and any related resources and run the lesson/s with your group or class. 

You can also blog about your activity. Your students can blog by entering your blog code which can be found in your My Account page.


How do teachers and community groups leaders blog?

  1. Login
  2. Go to the My Account page and click on the 'Add a blog' button.
  3. Fill in the form as instructed. You can add text blogs, image blogs and add an attachment such as a Word document.
  4. Don't forget to select which activity and/or campaign you are blogging about!

How do students blog?

Firstly, students need to register. You can invite them to do so through the My Account page. 

Students should then go to the My Account page, click 'Add a blog'. Students will then be able to enter details of their blog, and should make sure they choose the correct activity and/or campaign from the filter box. 

You will then need to moderate your students' blogs before they appear on the site. You can do this from your My Account page.

How can I moderate my students' blogs?

Go to your My Account page - any pending blog posts from your students will be in the Notifications and reminders' box. You can also moderate pending blogs from students within your school or group who have blogged using another teacher's blog code just remember to let that teacher know that's what you're doing.

Where can I find my school or group’s blogs?

If you are looking for blogs from a specific school or group you can go to the school or group’s homepage and view their blogs from there. You can search for a school or group under the map on your schools page, which you can access through My Account, or if you are looking for your school or group’s blogs, you can log in and then press the ‘My school/group’ button at the top of the page.


How do I sign up to a campaign?

You need to be a registered teacher, teaching assistant or community group leader, and be logged in to sign up to a campaign.

Go to the Campaigns section, select which campaign you are interested in and click on 'Take part'. Schools and groups can only sign up to a campaign once, so if someone else in your school or group has signed up to the current campaign you will not be able to sign up again. There is a maximum of one campaign pack per school/group. 

Home educators and Pod Sponsor employees are unable to sign up to campaigns, but can still participate by downloading the free resources on the Pod.

What is a campaign survey and how do I complete one?

A campaign survey allows you to measure the impact of your Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week campaign. To complete a survey:

  • Log in
  • Go to your school or group's homepage and scroll down to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week survey box
  • Collect the data for your pre-campaign survey
  • Enter the details about light/appliances left on or the amount of waste you're sending to landfill.
  • Run your campaign
  • Collect the data for your post campaign survey
  • Log in and go back to the Switch Off Fortnight or Waste Week Survey box on your school/group's homepage
  • See how much you have saved!

Please note that you can only complete a survey once for each campaign.

How do you calculate how much energy we have saved?

Fill out the survey by entering the number of appliances on, off and on standby on your first (undercover) audit. Then, after you have run an energy awareness campaign in school, run another survey and enter the results. We'll calculate the amount of energy you would save in a 24-hour period, and if you kept it up, over a year. Figures are based on typical energy consumption values for the appliances, assuming that anything left on or on standby is left like that for 1.5 hours and 195 school days in the year.

How do I get a campaign pack?

Teachers or community group leaders who sign their school up to an eligible campaign* will automatically go on the list to receive a free engagement pack. However, you need to be quick – there are a limited number available for each campaign. So sign up fast!

Please note, packs can often get lost in the school office – be sure to tell staff who cover that area that you're expecting one.

* not all campaigns will include a campaign pack. Packs are limited to one per school and are sent on a first come, first served basis.

Can I join a campaign at a different time?

Our campaigns are scheduled throughout the year and provide engaging resources to help get your whole school involved. The campaign resources can also be found at in the Teachers section, so you can access them at any time. You can take part in the campaigns when they are open and blog your progress through your account, or you can use the resources independently to run a campaign within your own school. To find out when our campaigns run, please see the calendar on the Campaigns page.

NEW Recycle to Read

What is Recycle to Read?

Recycle to Read is a ground-breaking new Pod campaign that rewards schools for recycling unwanted plastic toys and tech with books.

Why Take Part?

  • Receive book rewards for collecting items for reuse and recycling
  • Download curriculum-linked environmental education resources
  • Pupil-led social action campaign
  • Positive whole school community engagement
  • Care for the environment through waste reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Be part of a bigger movement to help the planet
  • Help to make history! Recycle to Read is a circular economy solution for plastic toys and creating a new recycling infrastructure that didn’t exist before
  • Plus: it’s free to join in!

Why focus on plastic toys and tech?

Plastic toys and tech are not typically collected from kerbside and are hard to recycle. They can also have a negative impact on the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Plastic toys

Over 318 million toys are sold in the UK every year, of which the majority are manufactured from plastic or contain plastic components (Source: Statista). The problem is there is currently limited infrastructure to collect and recycle plastic toys. However, it is possible to recycle most plastic toys in the UK, which in almost all instances, is a more environmental option than landfilling or incineration.

Toys are also a compelling subject for children and families – and are ideal for demonstrating material innovation in design and technology through the material science of plastics recycling.

In addition, participating schools will be involved in creating a new infrastructure for recycling plastic toys by taking part. They’ll also be contributing valuable research into UK plastic toy recycling capacity and capability to help inform the industry how to make toys ‘recycle ready’ and create a more sustainable future.



The UK is currently one of the largest producers of household tech or electronic waste (e-waste) in the world. Electronics can contain toxic substances like lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and flame retardants that can leach into soil and water when dumped in landfills, or contribute to air pollution when sent to waste to energy plants for incineration. All of which can pose serious risks to environmental and human health. (Source: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-is-ewaste-and-what-can-we-do-about-it.html).

Electronics also contain valuable non-renewable resources including gold, silver, copper, platinum, aluminium and cobalt. This means when we dispose of them without recycling, we are throwing away precious materials.

Tech is a very valuable waste stream for reuse. However, a large amount of tech is either hoarded in homes or thrown out with household waste. It is estimated households across the UK throw away 155,000 tonnes of small electricals every year – this would be worth an estimated £17 billion if reused or recycled (Source: REPIC).

It’s estimated that 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved – equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road – if all small electricals that are currently thrown away or hoarded were returned to the economy. SOURCE: Material Focus

Two of the main barriers to people reusing or recycling tech are access to collections and concerns about how data and personal information can be safely removed from their devices. Recycle to Read overcomes these barriers by providing advice on data destruction, greater access to collections through schools and retailers using GDPR compliance service partners. What's more, schools receive free books in return!

How is Recycle to Read funded?

Recycle to Read is funded by its members from the toy industry, children’s publishing and well- known children’s brands. It is supported (in-kind) by Products of Change, Wastebuster and local authorities.

How does Recycle to Read help protect the environment?

Recycle to Read helps protect the environment by:

  • Collecting and processing resources that are hard to recycle to prevent waste
  • Reducing the amount of plastic toys and tech landfilled, dumped or incinerated
  • Promoting toy and tech, and packaging waste reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Providing industry research to help make toys ‘recycle ready’ for more efficient processing
  • Creating a circular economy for plastic toys and new recycling infrastructure
  • Increasing the circulation of toy and tech items for reuse and reducing the environmental impact of making new goods
  • Raising awareness of, and promoting local and national reuse and recycling services
  • Informing, inspiring and empowering a generation of children to be responsible consumers and adopt more sustainable lifestyle choices

Who can take part in Recycle to Read?

All mainland UK nursery, primary and junior schools registered with the Pod can take part, sign up to the campaign here. Schools that are not registered with the Pod can sign up for a free account here.  All schools that sign up to the campaign will have access to the free campaign resources. 

During the first year of the programme (academic year 2021-22) a limited number of schools will be able to take part in school collections, and benefit from book rewards. However, all schools can take part and help protect the planet, increase pupil access to books and encourage reading, by holding ‘Swap and Pop’ days, to encourage toy and book reuse within your school community (school guide, assembly and parent mail template included in the campaign resources). 

Collection places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We plan to broaden the programme to work with more schools, including secondary schools in subsequent years. All registered schools will receive updates on opportunities as they become available. 

Is there a cost to take part in the Recycle to Read campaign and/or collection?

No, the campaign resources and collections are provided free of charge.

How do I take part?

Sign up on the Recycle to Read campaign page. Schools that are not registered with the Pod can sign up for a free account here

Please note: All the available toy and tech collection slots for the academic year ending 2022 are currently allocated – On registering your school will be added to the waiting list for the next phase of collections and you will have access to all the free supporting education resources. Please consider holding ‘Swap and Pop’ days to help protect the planet, increase pupil access to books and encourage reading, by supporting toy and book reuse within your school community.

What campaign resources are available?

There are a range of free resources and materials available for schools, including:

  • A teachers’ guide to give you all the information that you need to run the campaign and organise your collection (if available to you) including a collection crib sheet for the school office. Plus, suggested class, eco-team, and whole school activities, such as toy, book and textiles swap days.
  • A toy and tech recycling teacher pack to provide teachers with key information about the programme’s reuse and recycling processes.
  • Introduction assemblies for both toy and tech collections, and ‘Swap and Pop’ days to get pupils excited about taking part and explain how the campaign works and a celebration assembly to congratulate pupils on their achievements.
  • A parent mail to email home so families know what to collect/gather by when, ready for collections and/or toy swap events you might be running.
  • Posters and flyers so pupils and families know what toys, tech and/or books they can bring and how to prepare; where your school’s take back boxes are located and when your collection days are (if participating in collections); and any (toy/ book) swap days your school may be holding.

How do I access the Recycle to Read education resources?

Once signed up, go into the Recycle to Read campaign page and click on the ‘View Resources’ button to see what’s available. You can also find the resources in the Teachers’ section.

What do I receive after I sign up for a collection?

You will receive an email directing you to the online campaign resources to download – including the school guide, assembly, parent mail and digital versions of the posters and flyers.

If/when toy and tech collections (and any new material collections or competition) become available, you will receive an invitation email with further information about how you can take part.

What’s the difference between a toy take back box, a tech take back box and bulk collection containers?

The toy and tech take back boxes are sturdy cardboard boxes that are placed inside the school. These are designed for use as both display boxes to attract donations and inform donors of the correct items to include.

UPDATE FOR TECH BOX INSTRUCTIONS: Please note that we now advise that all devices such as mobile phones and tablets, should be provided with a matching charger and cable where possible (rather than as being optional as advised on the tech box), to help ensure reuse value can be created for these devices. Please refer to the criteria in ‘What tech can we recycle?’ for more detail.

They can be filled up over time or as a one-off event, if easier (please note: we can only collect items in the provided boxes, please consider this when you plan how to engage you pupils in the collection – particularly for toys). We recommend all schools keep their tech boxes in the school office for security.

Bulk/ Event day collections are for schools that would prefer to hold large single day collections, including outside donation/collection points if necessary – or would like to store up larger amounts of tech for collection. Bulk/ Event day collections will be trialed with selected schools during at this time. Storage bags or boxes can be supplied to help store and protect items (including from rain for outside event day collections), until the Recycle to Read collection crew arrives. Currently bulk collections are provided for the bulk collection of tech only.

The donation points/ boxes must be supervised by an adult to ensure safe usage and that donated items meet acceptance criteria.

How big are the take back boxes?

The toy take back box measures 90cm (h) x43 cm (w) x 43 cm (d).

The tech take back box measures 35cm (h) x 45cm (w) x 35cm (d).

Where should we put the take back boxes?

If you plan to filling your toy take back box over time rather than as part of a focused event, place it somewhere prominent with high traffic, so children pass it regularly (e.g. in the entrance hall or a corridor). Don’t forget to tell your pupils not to bring in more toys once the box is full. 

If you wish to hold an amenity day for broken toys, please note we can only collect the toys in the box provided.  To avoid over collection, you may want to consider limiting an amnesty to specific/ limited number a classes. 

We advise storing the tech take back box somewhere secure (e.g. the school office) for security and safekeeping. If possible, still have it visible for children to see as they walk past, as a reminder of the collection. Tech items should be checked against the collection criteria by a responsible adult at the time of donation. You can use the campaign poster to write where in the school your take back boxes are located as a reminder for everybody.

What happens if we collect more than our boxes can carry?

Once the collection boxes are full, we cannot collect additional items.
Please consider managing donations in your school to avoid ‘over collecting’.

For example, you could deliver the assembly and promote collection to specific classes or by year groups, rather than engage the whole school in the collection to assess and manage collection levels. Or you could limit the number of broken toys and tech items donated to one per pupil.

If you have over-collected tech items (or have accepted tech that does not meet the collection criteria), we recommend taking your excess tech to any Curry’s store.

How do we book a collection for our Recycle to Read boxes?

Once both your collection boxes are full, or you believe you have collected as much as you think you can, they are ready to be collected.

To book a collection, please email info@wastebuster.co.uk to request a collection.

IMPORTANT! Before you arrange your collection, it is required by law you complete a Waste Transfer Note before we collect the toys to be recycled – please click here to access and complete your form online (it only takes 2 minutes, please take the time to complete this now if you are taking part in a collection this year, you will be emailed a copy to keep for reference).

Do my boxes need to be collected together?

Yes please! This not only saves us on the collection cost, but also reduces the carbon produced from arranging transportation to your school.

How many collections can I book?

To give as many schools as possible a chance to take part, schools will only have one collection for both boxes at the same time per calendar year.

Do I have to collect toys and tech?

Yes, if you are taking part in the box collections you need to collect both categories for box collections.

Schools selected to take part in single event day/ bulk collections can collect tech only.

What toys can we recycle?

Toys (or toy pieces) that are made up of 50% or more hard plastic. The toys need to be broken or unable to find another home (if they could be re-homed, consider swapping them or giving them to charity instead – you can use the campaigns ‘Swap and Pop’ day resources to help your school community swap toys and books).

Unfortunately, we CANNOT accept:

  • Electrical toys (e.g. no toys that use batteries, power cable or solar panels)
  • Toys that do not fit fully in the take back box
  • Detachable accessories or components not made of hard plastic (e.g. dolls clothes)

Please make sure you only collect/accept the toys specified above please monitor the use of your box.

What tech can we recycle?

To achieve the most reuse value, we recommend focusing on working mobile phones, made after 2012, that are unlocked and have their matching charger.

All items must be in good working order and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Mobile/smart phones
  • Tablets
  • MP3 players
  • DSLR/digital cameras
  • Smart speakers
  • Wearable tech (e.g. smart watches, fitness devices and wireless ear/headphones)

Please note the additional criteria for any tech:

  • Items must be manufactured after 1st January 2009 - if in doubt please don’t donate via Recycle to Read
  • Removable batteries (e.g. AA and AAA) must be removed before donation. Built-in batteries (e.g. some MP3 players) or batteries that are integral to the item design (e.g. removable mobile phone batteries) are fine to donate and should be left in the item
  • Personal data should be removed from devices before they are donated (see below) although they will be data wiped as part of the process
  • Ensure that devices are not locked/pin-protected
  • ONLY include charging cables and other peripherals for the items you are donating
  • Please include user manuals if available
  • Please wrap or put any chargers, cables and other peripherals into a plastic carrier bag with the associated device to keep them together

Does personal data need to be wiped from tech before donation?

Yes please – here's how:

  1. Back up data (don’t lose data you want to keep!)
  2. Sign out of any accounts on the device (while in the settings menus, please remember to remove device/screen locks or they may not be reusable)
  3. Factory reset the device (the manufacture will have instructions on how to do this) and remove your SIM and any data cards

The latest detailed consumers guidance for data destruction can be found at: https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/faq/how-do-i-delete-my-data/ 

We work with accredited partners to manage residual data wiping of all items donated to the programme. However, devices found to contain personal data due to the above advice not being followed will be recycled to ensure the data is destroyed, rather than be sold for reuse.

Recycling tech has a net cost associated with the processing; therefore, your school won't receive any reward points for these items. Working tech items of the requested types/categories that have been data wiped before donation offer the most opportunity to create value for your school when sold for reuse - which is why only these items are accepted in Recycle to Read collections.

How should tech be packaged?

As we want to reuse the tech collected, rather than recycling it (which has a cost), it needs to be in working order and in good condition. So protecting the tech to keep it safe during transit is of vital importance. Your school may receive less or no reward points for tech that arrives at our reuse partners’ sites damaged.

Each item of tech needs to be wrapped and secured as an individual package in either:

  • Two layers of flat plastic film (e.g. reuse plastic bags)
  • 1- 2 layers of bubble wrap
  • A padded envelope or similar packaging for flat items (e.g. smartphones and tablets)
  • Original product packaging (in single day collections only)

What happens to the toys we collect?

The toys are sent to a specialist UK-based recycler, where they are first shredded, then metals and other non-plastics are removed (most of these materials are recycled). Next, the materials buoyancy is used to separate the plastic fragments by their density into different types. This way, most of the toy plastics can be sorted to 98% purity and are ready to be used for new products in the UK and Europe. A small amount may need to be sent to other specialist recyclers (e.g. PVC plastic) for further specialist processing.

What happens to the tech items we collect?

Once your tech has been collected, it’s taken to a specialist UK reuse and recycling partner. They inspect and test each item to make sure it is suitable for reuse (this is why any pins/locks on your device should be removed first) and that any personal data has been removed. Those items that are in working order then enter the reuse market and are sold direct to consumers in the UK or trusted UK second-hand goods retailers.

Any items that can’t be reused are recycled to extract any reusable precious metals.

When do we find out how much we collected or how many reward points we have earned?

Collection data and Recycling Rewards points for book redemption are uploaded to the Recycle to Read school’s accounts within 30 days of a collection.

Please note: If collection data and Recycling Reward points are due to be uploaded on a day that is not a business working day, they will be uploaded on the next business day.

How do we get our free books?

Schools earn Recycling Reward points for the reuse value of the tech they collect. Recycling Reward points earned will be given as book ‘Voucher Codes’ that can be used as discount or credit vouchers to buy books from the Harper Collins Recycle to Read collection (www.collins.co.uk/recycletoread). There are hundreds of books to choose from that have also been discounted by 30% to help your rewards go further.

After your collection has taken place, we’ll receive data on the weight (kgs) of toys you have collected, and the value of the tech you’ve collected. This is uploaded to your My Account section on the Pod within 30 days of your collection. You can then exchange your Recycling Reward points for a voucher code to redeem against books on our partner site (www.collins.co.uk/recycletoread). 

Schools must redeem their total points balance when exchanging points for their voucher code and their voucher code must be spent in full at the point of purchase. If your basket total is below the value of the voucher code, add more items to use your voucher code in full; we cannot offer any change for unused voucher code(s).

Note: Voucher Codes can only be redeemed once. Wastebuster cannot be held responsible for the redemption of lost Voucher Codes.

What is the value of the items I’m collecting?


The more tech you collect that can be reused, the more points your school will earn.

The reward value achieved for different tech items depends on a range of factors:

  • Age (the older the items, the less reuse value; items made before 1st Jan 2009 must be recycled as they are more likely to contain hazardous materials)
  • Condition (damage to items may reduce sale value or prevent reuse)
  • Reuse market demand / value (influenced by the above and changes in trends/fashions)

Only working tech is accepted in Recycle to Read collections and any smart devices, mobile phones or tablets must be unlocked and be given with their chargers.

Unfortunately, tech items donated for reuse that can’t reused e.g. they are broken, are smart devices that are not unlocked or items not on the inclusion list will not earn reward points for schools. This is because the recycling value of the materials they contain are worth less than the cost to process items for recycling, in most cases.

The categories of working tech items accepted for reuse by Recycle to Read, have been chosen to help ensure that each item will result in a net profit if they meet the Recycle to Read collection criteria.


The toys are recycled, rather than reused, so unfortunately there isn’t a value attributed to them it isn’t possible to attribute a value to them. Toys that are still in working order should be reused wherever possible instead (e.g. swapped, donated to charity shops, given to friends or family).

How is the value of Recycling Reward points calculated?

The Recycling Rewards value is the net revenue generated from the tech collected by each school for reuse, with the collection and processing costs for reuse and recycling deducted. If the collection contains items with zero value, or entirely incorrect items not on the inclusions list provided, the school will receive no Recycling Rewards. In this instance the cost of collection and processing is covered by the Recycle to Read programme. However, the school may be prohibited from taking part in subsequent collections, at the discretion of Wastebuster.

Recycling Reward points only have a credit value for voucher code redemption via the Recycle to Read programme and can’t be exchanged for cash.

What books are available?

There is a dedicated range of fiction and non-fiction books available for schools – many of which have been discounted especially for Recycle to Read. Visit our partner site to see the full range (www.collins.co.uk/recycletoread).

Do Recycling Reward points expire?

Yes - any reward points earned must be spent within three months of the following academic year to that which the collection was held in.

Will Recycle to Read provide rewards for reusing or recycling other materials/ items?

We are working on new opportunities to earn Recycle to Read points to exchange for books. From recycling/ reusing new materials/ items at school, to schools taking part in competitions/ campaigns that help increase your communities awareness and use of recycling and reuse services in your community (e.g. kerbside and retail collections). All schools signed up to the Recycle to Read campaign will receive updates on new opportunities to earn points they become available.

How can we maximise the value of our reusable tech?

To achieve the most reuse value, we recommend focusing on working mobile phones, made after 2012, that are unlocked and have their matching charger.