A recycling initiative designed to stop old clothes from heading to landfill has seen an Isle of Wight school children crowned winners.

More than 1,600 pupils from seven schools across the Island collectively saved 0.79 tonnes – almost the weight of two grand pianos – as part of the Salvation Army’s Recycle with Michael project.

After collecting 0.15 tonnes, pupils at Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham in Whippingham were named the winners of the county-wide competition.

On Friday (17), the school received a special visitor to present the trophy and certificate – the scheme’s very own mascot Michael.

Kirk Bradley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, said:

“We’re delighted to name the pupils from the Isle of Wight’s Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham our ‘Recycle with Michael’ champions. We were overwhelmed by the school’s response to the campaign and the dedication of pupils and staff in promoting and acting on the recycling message. Our van was full to the brim on collection day thanks to all the donations. In fact, participation in the competition across the whole county has been amazing. We hope this is the start of a determined drive to give unwanted items a new lease of life – turning clothes, shoes and textiles into funds for local schools as well as for our charitable work.”