Waste Schemes & Initiatives

School Uniform Scheme

June 2022 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.

This scheme was initially piloted across the borough in July 2019 and has been providing good quality pre-worn school uniforms ever since. This has been a lifeline for many families particularly during lockdown when charity shops were closed. Last year, families were able to telephone MEACAS and arrange to collect uniform items safely (subject to availability).

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.

School Uniform Scheme Drop Off Points:

For your convenience, donations of good quality, clean school uniforms can be dropped off to each of our Household Recycling Centres (locations below) between Monday 20 June and Saturday 30 July:

  • Waveney Road Household Recycling Centre, Waveney Road, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 5BA
  • Redlands Household Recycling Centre, Harbour Highway, Larne, Co. Antrim, BT40 1AY
  • Glenarm Household Recycling Centre, Dickeystown Road, Glenarm, Co. Antrim, BT44 0BA
  • Larne South Household Recycling Centre, 5 Island Road Lower, Ballycarry, Co. Antrim, BT35 9HB
  • Sullatober Household Recycling Centre, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 9DE 

Please note that at the end of this six week donation period, all uniforms will be safely sorted in line with all Government restrictions and then in late July we will announce details of where families can collect items of school uniform FREE OF CHARGE.

There is no qualifying criteria or referral process.  People can go along and drop off uniforms, however if they have nothing to donate, they can still pick up anything that they need (subject to availability) throughout August.  Beneficiaries will be asked to complete a very short questionnaire, which will be anonymous.  This will allow us to measure impact.