It's that time of the year again, the nights are drawing in and the shops are filling their windows with twinkling fairy lights and festive treats. It's also time for the Recycling Team's annual Green Santa campaign!
The Green Santa project works with school children and students across Aberdeen to collect materials that are no longer needed and give them a new lease of life. Similar to last year, the focus of this year's project is collecting Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, otherwise known as WEEE. However, this year will be slightly different, as the emphasis will be on collecting information and communications technology (ICT) items such as phones, tablets, TVs, flat screens, laptops, PCs, new printer cartridges etc.
Aberdeen City Council will work in co-operation with Re-Tek, based in East Kilbride, and local company Enscape to collect the WEEE and all the items will be refurbished or recycled. Our aim is to reintroduce as much of what we collect as possible back into our communities, and some goods will find new lives helping schools in developing countries. Re-Tek provides data erasure for WEEE using government-approved software and ensures that any WEEE they receive will be wiped of any existing data.
There will be prizes and certificates for all participating schools as well as prizes for the best collecting schools this will be based on amount collected or effort put in so don't be put off if your child attends a smaller school.
The Green Santa campaign is, of course, voluntary. If you aren't sure if your child's school is participating in this year's Green Santa campaign, please get in touch with the school or, alternatively, email the Recycling Team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to confirm if your school has signed up. If you have any further questions about the campaign, please don't hesitate to contact us at the same address, quoting "Green Santa" in the email subject.