Powerday and Barratt Homes have been helping pupils celebrate Recycle Week this week with an initiative that saw milk bottles exchanged for garden furniture made entirely of recycled plastic.

The campaign, in its second year, is designed to demonstrate to children how rubbish can be saved from landfill and be used to make viable products. The 14 schools, selected for their proximity to Barratt Homes' development sites, were challenged to collect as many plastic bottles as possible for recycling in a bin provided by Powerday. After a fortnight, the bins full of empty milk containers were removed by Powerday and replaced by brightly coloured benches and picnic tables made from recycled plastic milk bottles.

Powerday manages construction and demolition waste for Barratt Homes, from sites in the Southern Region. The companies have been working together since 2010 to achieve Barratt Homes' industry leading environmental targets.

Simon Little, Sales & Marketing Director, Powerday says: "We are very pleased to deliver this Recycle Week challenge with Barratt Homes and to help children understand both the importance of recycling and the benefits of doing so. It's great to get behind the scheme and see how the children have enjoyed collecting the bottles and being rewarded for their efforts".

Gary Ennis, Southern Region Managing Director for Barratt Developments added: "Barratt Homes is committed to recycling at our developments and see sustainability as an extremely important issue. The project has allowed us to work together with Powerday on an activity that forms part the Barratt Homes Education Programme. It has been a fun and interesting way to teach younger people about the importance of recycling and we hope that it will inspire the pupils to continue recycling in the future."