Recycle to Read 2021-22

Take part in Recycle to Read to get books for your school

Recycle to Read is a ground-breaking new Pod campaign that rewards schools for collecting unwanted plastic toys and tech for recycling and reuse, in exchange for books.

Did you know?

  • Plastic toys and tech can be valuable for reuse and recycling but can have a negative impact on the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.
  • Over 318 million toys are sold in the UK every year, of which the majority are manufactured from plastic or contain plastic components1. However, there is currently limited infrastructure to collect and recycle plastic toys.
  • Currently 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 recycled2!

For the first time, schools and households can reuse and recycle tech and toys through Recycle to Read to get books for their school from our partner, Harper Collins.

How does it work?

Please note: We have now filled all available places for our autumn term collections. You can still sign up to the campaign, and we will put your school on our priority waiting list for a spring or summer term (2022) collection.

If you are invited to take part in a collection, you’ll receive 2 collection boxes (1 x tech collection box and 1 x toy collection box) and a campaign pack containing everything you need to successfully take part in the post.

Recycle to Read tech collections accept working mobile/smart phones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, DSLR/digital cameras, Smart speakers, Wearable tech (e.g. smart watches, fitness devices and wireless ear/headphones) which are sold for reuse to generate ‘Recycling Reward’ book vouchers. Recycle to Read voucher codes can be redeemed for books, with an additional 30% discount, from the Harper Collins Recycle to Read book collection.

Recycle to Read toy collections accept broken, hard plastic toys which are sent for recycling.
There is no book reward value for any toys collected but recycling these toys is better for the environment than landfill or incineration. A range of education resources are available to explore exploring the material science of plastics recycling in the classroom, including the Recycle to Read toy recycling process video here.

Campaign packs and collection boxes will be released from the w/c 11th October 2021.

If you aren’t able to run a collection this year, don’t forget that you can still take part in Recycle to Read by using the education resources on toy and tech reuse and recycling. Or running your own toy swap day.

For more information, see Recycle to Read in the Pod FAQs.



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