Friday, July 7, 2023

Recycle and reuse your outgrown uniforms with Skelmersdale FUSS

West Lancashire Borough Council has partnered with charity Wirral FUSS to support local families with their school uniform needs.

The charity has been operating on the Wirral for over 10 years, serving over 16,600 families and giving away over 66,000 clothing items to families in need. The charity also boasts an impressive environmental ethos, saving over 35.5 tonnes of landfill waste and 248.5 tonnes of carbon emissions through their recycling scheme to date.

The newly established Skelmersdale FUSS has worked to replicate this model within the Borough by implementing local hubs kitted with recycled fibre donation drums across four senior schools. Volunteers will organise the donated clothes for reissue and families will have the opportunity to collect the recycled uniform from designated collection hubs for free.

Portfolio holder for Communities, Councillor Anne Fennell said: "This is a great scheme that will mean good clothing does not go to waste, when it can simply be recycled as children grow. There is also the added benefit of cost saving for parents; we all know how fast children can grow, and being able to recycle and reuse good quality clothing makes sense."

Local residents can currently donate outgrown or spare school garments for families in need at Lathom High School, Our Lady Queen of Peace High School, Upholland High and Ormskirk High School within school hours, or financial contributions to the scheme can donated through the website. Donations for individual schools can be deposited into any drum across all locations, as the teams onsite will sort and distribute the clothing to the correct hubs.

There is no referral process or means-testing. Depending on available stock, each child will be entitled to two of each item upon request. Residents can visit to enquire about uniform collection.