Top recyclers of 2006

30/01/2007 - Top recyclers of 2006

2006 was a big year for Shoe Friends and The Clothes Collectors. Since we started introducing the schemes into schools back in 2004 we’ve grown from one member of staff to ten and now work with over 300 schools across the South East.

Last year we collected over 36 tonnes of shoes and 54 tonnes of clothes to be reused and recycled. Through these collections we were able to rebuild the Rainbow Suite at Richard House Children’s Hospice, helped 60 disadvantaged children at Police Summer Camp, and increased our schools building projects in Africa.

An extra big pat on the back goes to the best performing schools of the year. A Shoe Friends Recycling Trophy will be heading its way out to the top three.

Top ten performing schools of 2006 by region

Sutton – Stanley Park Juniors – 2950kg
Basildon – South Green Juniors – 1200kg
Chelmsford – St Cedds – 1125kg

Colchester – Millfields Primary – 1075kg
Thurrock – East Tilbury – 1025kg
Barnet – St Mary’s CoE School – 950kg
Enfield – De Bohun Primary – 925kg
Bexley – Northwood Primary – 825kg
North London – Alexandra Primary (Haringey) – 775kg

Inspiring teachers

Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do all this without the terrific help of the teachers. Inspired by some of the great people we’ve worked with we thought we’d treat three teachers who have demonstrated great enthusiasm for our recycling projects and the environment.

Mr Talbot of St Cedds in Chelmsford, Ms Garside of Walker Primary in Enfield and Ms Hancock in Coldfall Primary in Haringey each get a meal for two at London’s first eco-restaurant Acorn House.

Now we want to hear from you. Do you know a "Mr or Ms Green" whose enthusiasm for the environment is infectious? Email us at because we think these inspirational people deserve a mention… and maybe even a little treat!