Mark Burge, PTFA Vice Chair, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire (314 pupils) told us: 'Our PTFA has been recycling with Empties Please since late 2013 and has raised £419. Our group has made its scheme a success by implementing a strong marketing strategy, gaining buy-in from the school, parents and pupils. We committed to raising and spending as much money as possible to benefit the children at Mayfield School. But we believe that raising money does not mean parents having to put their hands in their pockets! Empties Please is the perfect way for us to raise funds without any cost – 100% profit!
We use the school newsletter, website, posters and word of mouth to ensure that as many parents, children and carers as possible are aware of the scheme. We explain just how easy it is to drop ink cartridges and branded toners into school to help us raise money. Some of our parents and carers collect cartridges and branded toners through their workplaces, too, which really helps to fill the bin. Once full, the white box of branded toners is picked up from school and the brown cartridge box is dropped off at a local shop to be picked up by courier – it couldn’t be easier. Then all we do is sit back and wait for the cheque to arrive!'