Waste Schemes & Initiatives

School Uniform Scheme

June 2021 will launch another school uniform scheme helping families across Mid and East Antrim cut the cost of going back to school.

The area’s Community Planning Partnership has teamed up with Mid and East Antrim Community Advice Services (MEACAS) and Volunteer Now to help provide parents with good quality, clean and pre-worn school uniforms.

The true economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to be seen, but with the Government’s furlough scheme ending, it is widely anticipated that low paid workers will be at most risk from the expected rise in unemployment later this year. 

It can cost families up to £250 per child to buy school uniform ready for the new academic year. This places additional stress on families. In these tough times with budgets already stretched, it could be ‘make or break’ for some of the households of the 30k schoolchildren across Mid and East Antrim.

Not only does it make good financial sense, it also strengthens communities and makes good ecological sense.  School closures have been commonplace in fighting the battle against the pandemic, so whilst many uniforms may be outgrown, they will have had little wear so should be perfectly good for to be used by another child.  On average, each household bins more than 25kg of textiles a year. So rather than adding to the landfill mountains please play your part in helping us to sustain our beautiful environment.

The school uniform scheme is accepting all good quality garments including trousers, coats, skirts, cardigans, blazers, shoes, jackets, trainers, jumpers, sports kits, polo shirts and dresses.

Uniform Scheme Collection Points

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all our residents who donated school uniforms to our five Household Recycling Centres over the two week period in July.

We can now update you that we plan to host three collection points across the three main town areas during the first week of August, where you can pop down and collect what you need. 

Collection Points:

• Ballymena Area – Harryville Community Centre, 73 Brooke Park, Ballymena, BT42 3AU

• Larne Area – Larne Market Yard, Station Road, Larne, BT40 3AA

• Carrickfergus Area – Oakfield Community Centre, Oakfield Drive, Carrickfergus BT38 7SP

Please note collection of uniforms can be undertaken on the following dates / times, only:

• Monday 2nd August (morning session 10am – 12pm, afternoon session 2-4pm, evening session 6-8pm)

• Wednesday 4th August (morning session 10am – 12pm, afternoon session 2-4pm, evening session 6-8pm)

• Friday 6th August (morning session 10am – 12pm, afternoon session 2-4pm, evening session 6-8pm)

Please note, all uniforms have been safely sorted in line with all Government restrictions.