Please read these terms carefully as they govern your use of 'The Pod' ("the Product"). By accessing the Product and by accepting these terms and conditions you are agreeing on behalf of your school to the terms and conditions that appear below. If you have any questions please email us at If you do not agree with these terms or are not authorised to agree them on behalf of your school, you must not accept this agreement (please do not tick "I accept") and may not use the Product and associated services.

References in these Terms to "you" and "your" are references to your school or you as a private individual user.

These terms are effective between you and Wastebuster as of the date you accept these terms.

General Terms

1. Provision of Product

1.1 The Pod website ("the Site") and the Product are owned (or used under licence) by Wastebuster CIC (company number 05883640), whose registered office is at The Bothy, Albury Park, Albury, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9BH ("Wastebuster")

1.2 You acknowledge that you have provided Wastebuster with accurate and complete registration information and that it is your responsibility to update Wastebuster of any changes to that information (including your email address) by emailing The provision of inaccurate or incomplete information may affect your use of and the effectiveness of the Product and associated services.

1.3 Each registration is for a single user. Each user is required to assign themselves to a school, educational establishment, community group, local authority by selecting the appropriate establishment during the registration process. If you are a teacher, school governor, community group leader, home educator, Wastebuster employee or other education professional (a "Teaching User") then on registration, you will be asked to set up a password ("ID"). You must not pass these details to anyone else. Pupils and other users who are not Teaching Users ("Non-Teaching Users") will also be asked to register accounts, they must have their own username and class code. Non-Teaching Users will not be able to register without a class code from a Teaching User who is registered for the school with which the Non-Teaching User wishes to be registered. As a Teaching User you are responsible for all use of the Product by Non-Teaching Users to whom you give a class code, and for preventing unauthorised use of your ID. You must ensure that your Users comply with the terms of this Agreement and all terms of use applicable to the Site and comply with the terms of service of any other products or services which you use with the Product. By joining the Pod and giving us your email address, you are agreeing to the Pod contacting you about the Pod and related campaigns. You can manage your communications from us at any time. If you wish to stop receiving these emails, please email us at and we will unsubscribe you.

1.4 If you believe there has been any breach of security such as the disclosure, theft or unauthorised use of your ID, you must notify Wastebuster immediately by emailing

1.5 If Wastebuster reasonably believes that your ID is being used in any way which is not permitted by these terms, Wastebuster reserves the right to cancel access rights immediately and to block access from your ID. If Wastebuster cancels your access rights and/or blocks your ID then it will inform you of the same.

2. Limited Rights to Use Content

2.1 All material within the Product ("Content") belongs to Wastebuster or its licensors including all of Wastebuster’s and its licensor’s intellectual property rights. No rights are granted to you hereunder other than as expressly set forth herein. Subject to clause 2.2, you and your Users may retrieve and display the Content on a computer screen, print individual pages on paper, use the Content for lesson planning and store such pages in electronic form on disk and on your internal server (but not on any other server or other storage device connected to an external network unless Wastebuster has given you prior consent to do so) for your internal educational non-commercial purposes for the duration of your registration or until such time as we choose to amend or close the Site or end the Product (which we may do at any time at our discretion).

2.2 Most of the Content in the Product is owned by Wastebuster but certain content may be used under licence from third parties ("Third Party Content") and will be marked with the copyright notice of those third parties. Some of the Third Party Content will be subject to additional restrictions. You are responsible for ensuring that your Users comply with such restrictions. If you are unsure as to whether you are permitted to use a piece of Third Party Content for a particular purpose then please contact us by emailing

2.3 Except as set out in this clause 2, you and your Users may not (without prior written permission from Wastebuster):

2.3.1 Redistribute any of the Content (including by using it as part of any library, archive or similar Product);

2.3.2 Remove the copyright or trade mark notice from any copies of Content made under this Agreement;

2.3.3 Create a database in electronic or structured manual form by systematically downloading and storing all or any of the Content;

2.3.4 Make available or use the Product or Content for the benefit of anyone else;

2.3.5 Interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Product;

2.3.6 Attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Product or any Content;

2.3.7 Access the Product to build a competitive product; and

2.3.8 Except as expressly set out above, modify, reproduce or in any way commercially exploit any of the Content.

2.4 You and your Users acknowledge that the names, images and logos identifying "The Pod" and "Wastebuster" and third parties and their products and Products are the intellectual property, and are subject to the design and copy rights, of Wastebuster and/or such third parties. You may not use them without the prior written consent of Wastebuster.

2.5 You and your Users grant to us and our affiliates a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use and incorporate into the Product and Content any suggestion, enhancement request, recommendation, correction or other feedback provided by you or users relating to the operation of the Product.

3. Participation

3.1 The Product may include bulletin boards, discussion groups, forums and other public areas that allow feedback to Wastebuster and interaction between users. The opinions, advice and statements contained in messages posted within the Product ("Messages") are those of the Users and not Wastebuster. Where Users can post messages there will be a hyperlink to these terms, and/or any other terms which help control the content which we introduce. Intellectual property rights (including copyright) in any software that is made available for download for the participation in the Product ("Software") belongs to Wastebuster or its suppliers. Your use of the Software will be governed by the terms of any licence agreement that may accompany or be included with the Software. Certain promotions within the Product may also be subject to particular terms which will be made available by hyperlink. You will be responsible for ensuring that Users comply with all such terms referred to in this clause 3.1.

4. Submitting Material

4.1 Where you are invited to submit any contribution to the Product (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) you will be asked to confirm that this content can be viewed by all site visitors. If you agree, by submitting your contribution, to grant Wastebuster a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify and distribute your contribution worldwide in any media. If you do not want to grant Wastebuster the rights set out above, please do not up load your contribution to the Product.

4.2 Material submitted must not:

4.2.1 Contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;

4.2.2 Disparage Wastebuster or any other person or party affiliated with the Product;

4.2.3 Contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libellous;

4.2.4 Contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and

4.2.5 Contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations.

4.3 Involvement of Children in your User Generated Content ("UGC")

Children can be involved in UGC in a number of ways and you as the producer of the UGC must have due regard to their welfare at all times. Particular care should be taken to avoid causing any distress or alarm to any children involved in your UGC.

You must consider carefully the impact of the UGC on the child involved - both in the way it is made, and any possible impact it may have when made available to the public. This is regardless of obtaining parental consent.

You should consider the nature of the internet in respect of your UGC. In particular you should remember that:

(i) Your UGC may be copied onto other computers or software;

(ii) may be linked by various electronic means to numerous other websites around the world;

(iii) There is no way of monitoring or controlling the numerous websites on which your UGC may appear;

(iv) Your UGC can be copied or transmitted electronically to anywhere in the world; and

(v) Even if you withdraw your UGC it may still be accessible via the internet through other means

4.4 Child Protection

The protection of children is of paramount importance to Wastebuster. When producing UGC, obtain parental consent for ALL children. It is your responsibility to obtain the signed consent of the parent or guardian of any children featured or taking part in your UGC. Consent must be obtained prior to the inclusion of any child and you must keep a copy of the signed consent. You must obtain consent from the child as well as the parent. It is your responsibility to obtain consent from the child and the child's refusal to take part should not be overridden in any circumstances. Throughout the process of making your UGC you should always check that a child remains willing to participate. You must ensure that consent is informed. This will involve your explaining to the child and the child's parent why the UGC is being created, and bringing points (i) to (v) of Clause 4.2 to their attention prior to their consents being granted.

When obtaining consent from children and parents or guardians it is your responsibility to ensure they have fully understood what they are giving consent to. Do not assume that the child, parent or guardian will fully appreciate the consequences of giving consent. You must make it clear to them: the nature of the UGC, its purpose, where it is likely to be used or distributed and how long for what kind of contribution theirs will be, for example, live, pre-recorded, interview, discussion, edited, quote etc., whether the UGC will be edited. You are reminded of the rights granted to us in respect of your UGC under clause 4.1 of these terms, and you should bring these to the attention of the child and its parents prior to their consents being granted.

4.5 Children at Risk

In every school there will almost certainly be children at risk. Children at risk include children and their families who are in hiding, under police protection, whose lives may be at threat, children in the care of social services, children involved in active legal proceedings, or any other children whose personal or family health, safety, privacy or welfare could be adversely affected by their inclusion in any UGC. It is your responsibility to identify who and where these children are. Any pupil who, or whose family, may be adversely affected by being seen or identified or referred to must be completely excluded and must not take part in any UGC you submit. It is your responsibility to ensure this. When filming anywhere in a school you must ensure that any at risk pupils have been excluded from filming or have been absented from class. Also check the classroom for any means or evidence of identifying them, e.g. pupil names on white board, wall mounted class work, art pieces, behaviour charts, etc.

4.6 Child Identification and Anonymity

No child, (not just those at risk), should be identified by both first (christian) and second (family) names in any way (whether on screen, in audio, in writing or otherwise). This applies to names spoken in shot and names heard out of shot. This combination of the full name, with the name of the school, might make a pupil vulnerable to an adult wishing to claim acquaintance with him or her. Beware of giving away a child's identity via a "jigsaw" effect of information in the UGC.

4.7 Indecent Images of Children

In the UK it is a serious offence under the Protection of Children Act 1978 for a person to take, or permit to be taken, any indecent photograph of a child, to distribute or show such indecent photographs, to have in his possession such indecent photographs, with a view to their being distributed or shown by himself or others. What is 'indecent' is a matter for the Court. Nudity is not required to find a photo of a child to be indecent. Particular consideration should be given to whether any UGC showing children in states of undress or in particular attire or poses could be interpreted as 'indecent', for example, in PE and drama classes. If in any doubt do not include it in the UGC. Publication of an indecent picture of a child under 16 is an offence under the Protection of Children Act 1978. You are responsible for ensuring that no indecent images of children are included in any UGC you submit.

4.8 Use of Third Party Intellectual Property in UGC

You are responsible for ensuring that UGC you submit is not subject to the intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, copy and design rights) of any third party, or, if it is, that you have obtained all necessary rights from any such third party to permit you and Wastebuster to use that intellectual property for all purposes. You agree to fully indemnify Wastebuster against all costs, damages, expenses and/or losses which it incurs as a result of any claim or potential claim being brought against Wastebuster by a third party which is based on any infringement or alleged infringement of its intellectual property rights.

4.9 Confidentiality and Data Protection

4.9.1 You are responsible for ensuring that your submission of UGC, and Wastebuster's use of your UGC in relation to the Product, does not breach any third party's rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 (as may be amended from time to time) and/or any similar and/or related successor legislation or regulation including (without limitation) any which may arise from REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 applicable to the jurisdiction of England and Wales, nor breach any obligations of confidentiality owed to any third party, and you agree to fully indemnify Wastebuster against all costs, damages, expenses and/or losses which it incurs as a result of any claim or potential claim being brought against Wastebuster by a third party which is based on such a breach.

4.9.2 Wastebuster will use the personal information you provide to us: To supply the Product to you;  To process your registration for the Products; and  If you agreed to this, to give you information about our products, but you may stop receiving this at any time by contacting us.

5. Warranties and Indemnities

5.1 Wastebuster will use its reasonable skill in making the Product available to you. However, because of the number of sources from which Wastebuster obtains the Content and because of the nature of the Internet and computer software and hardware, errors and omissions may occur and Wastebuster does not give any warranties in respect of the Product. In particular, you should not take the accuracy of the information for granted and Wastebuster makes no warranty that the Product is free from infection by viruses or anything else that has contaminating or destructive properties. All implied warranties are excluded from this Agreement to the extent that they may be excluded as a matter of law.

5.2 You shall indemnify, defend and hold Wastebuster, its agents, affiliates, and licensors harmless from any claim, costs, losses, damages, liabilities, judgments and expenses (including legal costs), arising out of or in connection with any claim, action or proceeding (any and all of which are "Claims") arising out of your use of the Product in any manner that breaches these Terms, the Privacy Policy and/or the Blog and Gallery Posting Rules or otherwise arising out of content contributed by you and not by Wastebuster.

6. Limitation of Liability

6.1 Wastebuster will not be liable for any loss you suffer as a result of a breach of these Terms or unavailability of the Product. Wastebuster will not be responsible for indirect or consequential losses which are incurred as a result of any breach (such as, without limitation, loss of profits or loss of data).

6.2 Notwithstanding the above provisions of this clause 6, Wastebuster's liability will not be limited in the case of death or personal injury directly caused by Wastebuster's negligence.

7. Privacy Policy

7.1 The information that you provide about yourself to Wastebuster will only be used by Wastebuster in accordance with its Privacy Policy. Please read the Privacy Policy carefully and if you have any questions please email

8. Changes

8.1 Wastebuster is continually seeking to improve the Product. Wastebuster reserves the right, at its discretion, to make changes to any part of the Product provided that it does not materially reduce the content or functionality of the relevant Product.

8.2 Wastebuster reserves the right to change these Terms, the Privacy Policy, the Blog and Gallery Posting Rules, or any other relevant materials, and/or introduce new rules or terms and conditions for any element of the Product at any time. Unless such changes are minor, the changes will be posted on the terms and conditions page of the Product not less than seven days prior to their having effect.

8.3 Your continued use of the Product after the date on which any change or addition to the Product or the Terms, Privacy Policy, Blog and Gallery Posting Rules or any other change or addition is made shall signify your acceptance of any changes or additions made under Clauses 8.1 and/or 8.2 above.

9. Links

9.1 The Product contains links to other websites and resources, either directly or through frames and, where possible, Wastebuster will make clear where such links are being made. Independent third parties provide these sites and Wastebuster is not responsible and shall not be liable for the availability or content of these outside resources.

10. Blogs and Images

10.1 Only teachers and education professionals may post content for inclusion in the "blogs" and the "galleries" sections of the Product (such content being referred to as "Blogs" and "Images" respectively). The posting of all Blogs and Images is subject to the Blog and Gallery Posting Rules shown below these terms.

11. General

11.1 You may not transfer any of your rights under these terms to any other person. Wastebuster may assign, novate or otherwise transfer its rights and/or obligations under these terms at any time without notice.

11.2 If any provision of these terms is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of that provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these terms, which shall remain in full force and effect.

11.3 If you breach these terms and Wastebuster chooses to not to promptly enforce these terms or seek any remedy under the same, Wastebuster will still be entitled to use its rights and remedies at a later date or in any other situation where you breach this Agreement.

11.4 These terms are only enforceable by you and by Wastebuster, no third party shall be entitled to enforce these terms.

11.5 We will try to solve any disagreements quickly and efficiently. If you are not happy with the way we deal with any disagreement and you want to take court proceedings, you must do so under English law within the United Kingdom

11.6 Headings in these terms are for convenience only and will have no legal meaning or effect.

11.7 These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Every effort has been made to establish copyright in the material in this Product. If there are any anomalies, please email

12. Blog Posting Rules

12.1 By posting and/or approving content (including, without limitation, Blogs and Images) for inclusion within this section of the Pod Website you agree that:

12.2 You are a teacher or other education professional and are responsible for supervising the pupils whose Blogs and/or Images you post/approve.

12.3 The Blogs and/or Images you post/approve have not been created by any person other than you or a pupil who you supervise.

12.4 You will fully review each Blog and each Image you post/approve prior to doing the same, and you confirm that each such Blog and/or Image:

(i) Does not contain any content or language which may reasonably be considered unlawful, immoral or indecent, dishonest, offensive, derogatory or defamatory by any other users of the Pod website (such other users including (without limitation) other education professionals, other pupils (both from your school and other schools) of varying ages, and members of the general public);

(ii) Does not contain any content which is subject to any third party intellectual property rights (for example, any trademarks or trade names) unless you have obtained all necessary consents from the relevant third party in order to include the same within the Blog and/or Image. All such consents must be obtained in writing from the relevant third party and evidence of such consents must be provided to Wastebuster upon request. You should therefore keep a copy of all such consents. Please be aware that third party intellectual property rights include copyrights;

(iii) Does not contain any viruses or other malicious computer programming routines;

(iv) Does not include any links to any other websites;

(v) Does not contain any content which is not relevant to the Pod, Wastebuster, any Friend of the Pod or other associated organisation, or any programmes, schemes or promotions which may be carried out by any of the same, or activities carried out by your school which are aimed at promoting energy efficiency, environmental protection, or other similar goals;

(vi) Does not include any information which can be used to identify or contact you, any pupil, or any other individual, or any other personal data. For example, Blogs may refer to yourself or any pupil by their Pod nickname, but neither Blogs nor Images may include real names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses or any combination of information which, when taken together (across one or more Blogs and/or Images) could be used to contact or identify a specific individual.

(vii) Does not include any other content which could be used for unlawful or immoral purposes. For example, you must not include any bank details, passwords or codes, personal information, etc.

12.5 You are able to grant, and hereby grant, Wastebuster an irrevocable, perpetual, sub-licensable, royalty free licence to use all Blogs and all Images for any lawful purposes whatsoever.

12.6 You will exercise due care and skill in reviewing all Blogs and Images to ensure that all Blogs and Images are accurate, relevant and appropriate for posting, and will not post or approve any Blog or Image which you do not consider to be accurate, relevant or appropriate.

12.7  You acknowledge that as an education professional you owe a duty of care to your pupils and will act at all times in a manner which is consistent with this duty of care when posting/approving Blogs and/or Images.

12.8 You will not post or approve any Blog or Image other than in full compliance with these rules

Thank you for visiting the Pod website ('the Website').

The terms above apply to your use of the Website. Please check back regularly to see if there have been any changes. By using the Website you acknowledge and agree that:

  • Although due care has been taken in compiling the contents of this Website, Wastebuster accepts no liability in respect of any errors, omission or inaccuracies contained or referred to in it. Wastebuster provides content on the Website in good faith but no warranty or representation is given that the content is accurate, complete or up to date. Use of content on the Website is at your own risk. While Wastebuster takes reasonable precautions to prevent computer viruses and other malicious programs on the Website, no liability is accepted for them.
  • intellectual property rights in the content of this Website are owned by Wastebuster and its licensors including all of Wastebuster’s and its licensor’s intellectual property rights. No rights are granted to you hereunder other than as expressly set forth herein. You are permitted to download and print content from the Website solely for your own internal teaching purposes and/or personal use. The Website content must not be copied or reproduced, used or otherwise dealt with for any other reason. You are not entitled to modify or redistribute the content of this Website or link, frame or deep-link it on any other website without the express written permission of Wastebuster.
  • Trade marks, logos and brand names shown on the Website are owned by Wastebuster or its licensors. No rights are granted to use any of them without the prior written permission of the owners.
  • Information transmitted via this Website will pass over public telecommunications networks which are inherently insecure. Wastebuster makes no representation or warranty that the operation of this Website will be uninterrupted or error-free and disclaims all liability in respect of it.
  • This Website contains links to other websites. Wastebuster accepts no responsibility or liability for any material supplied by or contained on any third party website which is linked from or to this Website, or any use of personal data by such third party.


This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, how to switch cookies off in your browser and some useful links for further reading on the subject.

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How does Join the Pod use cookies?

A visit to a page on may generate the following types of cookie:

  • Site performance cookies
  • Anonymous analytics cookies
  • Geotargetting cookies - These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and is only used to help target content.
  • Registration cookies - When you register with the Join the Pod, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your account. While you are signed into either of the sites, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on The Pod as an individual.
  • Site performance cookies - This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Join the Pod, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include, volume settings for our video player, whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first and video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser.
  • Anonymous analytics cookies - Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, what they do on the site, and how often they visit the site. These analytics are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as email address.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.



Recycle to Read - Terms and Conditions

1. General Terms and Conditions

1.1 Wastebuster and the Pod reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time and will make you aware of any changes via the contact email provided. If specific terms appear in other areas of the Pod website ( relating to specific material or use, then they will prevail over these general Terms and Conditions.

2. Recycle to Read Participation

2.1 The Recycle to Read campaign is free for nursery, primary and junior schools in mainland England, Wales and Scotland to take part, subject to availability.

2.2 The first Recycle to Read campaign year/phase runs from September 2021 until July end 2022.

2.3. Schools that register to join the campaign have an opportunity to request Recycle to Read toy and tech take back boxes, and collection of their boxes (once their boxes are full) via the Pod (

2.4 The collection scheme currently has limited availability in the first campaign year. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The number of collections available is at the discretion of Wastebuster.

2.5 Schools that sign up when the collections are fully subscribed will be notified they are unable to take part in the collections part of the campaign but will be given priority when additional collections are available. All schools that sign up will be given access the Recycle to Read online education resources.

2.6 By signing up to the Recycle to Read collection scheme, your school is agreeing to collect tech items for reuse and hard plastic toys for recycling and to use reasonable measures to ensure your collections comply with the collection criteria. Non-participation following receipt of the Recycle to Read collection boxes or disregard of the collection criteria may mean exclusion from future Recycle to Read or Recycling Rewards collections.

3. Recycle to Read Collections Criteria

3.1 It is important Recycle to Read collections comply with the item criteria and requirements to ensure the system works effectively and to maximise the amount of Recycling Rewards for your school:

  • Recycle to Read toys collections must:
    • Include only broken toys, or toys that have been unable to find another home, and they must be made up of 50% or more hard plastic.
    • Contain only loose toys i.e. placed in the provided collection bags/boxes without any other bags or packaging included.
    • Contain all the toys within the provided collection box/bags - box ends must be securely taped closed flat and not bulge (i.e. total box height must remain within 100cm max)
    • Not include electrical toys (i.e. toys powered with batteries, charging/power cable or solar panels)
    • Exclude any detachable accessories/components unless they are made of hard plastic (e.g. remove fabric doll clothes).

  • To achieve the most reuse value, we recommend focusing on working mobile phones, made after 2012, that are unlocked and have their matching charger. Other reusable tech collection items for Recycle to Read must be in good working order and meet the following:
    • Items must be tablets, MP3 players, DSLR/digital bridge cameras, wireless speakers, wearable tech (including smart watches, fitness devices and wireless ear/headphones), laptops and game consoles (for single-day/bulk collections only; NOT the tech take back box collections)
    • Items should be individually wrapped to help protect them and keep components together; e.g. use two layers of flat plastic film, 1- 2 layers of bubble wrap, reuse a padded envelop or similar packaging for flat items, or original product packaging, if it is not significantly larger than the other methods.
    • Wrapped tech items must be contained either in the provided collection box, or for additional items placed in a box of similar strength and size, and taped securely (individual box weights must not exceed 29kg – alternative storage containers/advice may be provided for event/bulk day collections on a site-by-site basis)
    • Items must be manufactured after 1st January 2009 (older tech items included will be recycled and may require a reduction in your schools reward points value to cover additional costs).
    • Replaceable batteries (AA and AAA for example) must be removed before donation. Batteries sealed within the item or that are integral to their design (mobile phone, tablet and laptop batteries) are accepted and should be left in.
    • Personal data must be removed from devices by donors before they are donated, by doing all of the following if able:
    • Devices must not be locked/pin protected (locked/protected items may need to be recycled and may require a reduction in your schools reward points value to cover additional costs).
    • Include charging cables and other peripherals only if they are specific for the item(s) donated.
    • Manuals/user instructions can be included but are not essential.
    • Items must be stored dry secure room (e.g. in an secure office) if received in advance of sending boxes or event collection days

4. Recycle to Read Collections (Box Requests and Collections)

4.1 Schools request to ship/send their tech and toy boxes and book a collection on the Pod site ( when both their toy and tech take back boxes are full, as they must be collected together.

Pilot schools Rather than requesting toy and tech take back box shipping and collection via the Pod website (, pilot schools must inform their Wastebuster contact when their boxes are ready to be collected by emailing Wastebuster will email postage labels for schools to print and apply to each type of box and book a collection for their next working day for between 9am and 5pm or on a later date of their choice.

4.2 Shipping labels will be emailed to schools to print and these must be attached to the tech and toy take back boxes.

4.3 Each box must not exceed 29kgs each in weight and lids must be taped securely.

4.4 Collection bookings made before 10am will be picked up, the next working day (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) or on a later date of the school’s choice. Any site and/or collection day specific instructions relevant to accessing the site and collecting the boxes must be provided at the time of booking.

4.5 Schools using box collection service may be required to sign and return via email a ‘season ticket’ waste transfer note, and schools taking part in single day/ bulk collection must sign a controlled waste transfer note in accordance with UK waste duty of care regulations (these transfer notes must be retained for reference for 2 years).

4.6 If required by UK regulations, Wastebuster will register exemptions for waste permitting for participating school sites, to allow the storage of items/materials for collection under Recycle to Read from these sites.

4.7 Wastebuster works with experienced and credible logistics and recycling partners. However, Wastebuster is not responsible/ liable for the actions of our collection partners. Wastebuster use the external collection partners; UPS and Haz Tech.

For any issues arising from collections, please speak to the relevant collection partner (please gather as much information as you can regarding any service issues/incidents as you can and include these in your report):

  • UPS: Customer Service: 03457 877 877 Option 0 then 9 to go direct to agent and register your service issue

5. Recycle to Read Reward Points and Voucher Codes

5.1 Schools will be informed of their collection results (including the kgs of toys collection and an itemised list of tech collected) within 30 days of their collection or as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter. This collections information plus the Recycling Reward Points will be available in the Recycle to Read area of registered school account dashboards, on the Pod (

5.2 The Recycling Rewards value is the net revenue generated from the tech collected by each school for reuse, with the collection and processing costs for reuse and recycling deducted. If the collection contains items with zero value, or entirely incorrect items not on the inclusions list provided, the school will receive no Recycling Rewards. In this instance the cost of collection and processing is covered by the Recycle to Read programme. However, the school may be prohibited from taking part in subsequent collections, at the discretion of Wastebuster.

5.3 Schools will be able to exchange their Recycling Reward Points for £ voucher codes. Once a voucher code has been requested, it will be for the total value of the Recycling Reward Points the school has in their account, at the time of the request. Recycling Reward Points are given in £5 increments, with £5 being the minimum value.

5.4 Voucher codes can be used as discount vouchers or credit vouchers with Recycle to Read’s publisher partner, Harper Collins ( All books in the Recycle to Read Harper Collins range provided are both fiction and non-fiction and suitable for nursery, primary and junior schools. All books in the Recycle to Read range have been discounted by 30% to maximise the value of the Recycling Reward Points for participating schools only.

5.5 The Recycling Reward Points only have a credit value in the Recycle to Read programme and cannot be exchanged for cash.

5.6 Schools are only able to redeem the value of any voucher code once. Wastebuster cannot be held responsible for the redemption of lost Voucher Codes.

5.7 Voucher codes can be used as a discount, to pay for part of the cost of the item(s) if the cost of the item(s) is greater than the value of their voucher code. In this instance, it is possible to use other payment methods to cover the remaining cost.

5.8 If the voucher code is higher than the item(s) cost, the school will lose the remaining credit value.

5.9 Recycling Reward Points expire on the 5th November of the following academic year the collection/s were held. Schools must therefore redeem/exchange their total points balance for a voucher code before this date. On this date, Recycling Reward Points earned in the previous academic year will expire. The Points will then be cleared from the school accounts and invested in Recycle to Read, to further improve the programme. There is no way to recover the value of the Points once they have expired.

5.10 Voucher codes issued by Harper Collins expire on 31 December 2022.

6. Miscellaneous

6.1 To cancel membership simply email with your school details and the campaign from which you would like to cancel your membership.

6.2 By participating in the Recycle to Read campaign, each School consents to being named as a participant in the campaign by Wastebuster. Wastebuster grants to each School a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use identified Recycle to Read campaign materials in connection with the participation of the School in the Recycle to Read campaign, which such license shall immediately terminate on the cancellation of the Schools participation in the Recycle to Read campaign for any reason.

6.3 Wastebuster shall retain full control and ownership of all rights (of any kind) in relation to the Recycle to Read campaign, including but not limited to the right to amend or vary the Recycle to Read campaign in any way at any time on reasonable notice to participating Schools.

6.4 Wastebuster shall retain full ownership and control of any and all intellectual property rights now in existence or created in the future in relation to the Recycle to Read campaign and/or Wastebuster.

6.5 Except in the case of fraud, Wastebuster will not be liable to any School for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with the Recycle to Read campaign. Wastebusters shall have no liability with respect to any Recycling Rewards Points which are not redeemed for vouchers for any reason.

6.6 Wastebuster may terminate the Recycle to Read campaign on 90 days written notice to Schools. Any Recycling Reward Points must be exchanged for vouchers during such notice period or shall otherwise expire at the end of such notice period.

6.7 Any personal data collected in relation to the Recycle to Read campaign will be collected and processed in accordance with Wastebuster’s privacy policy available at

6.8 Schools shall be responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by the Schools in relation to the Recycle to Read campaign, other than those costs and expenses which are specifically to be borne by Wastebuster in accordance with these terms and conditions.

6.9 The participation of a School in the Recycle to Read campaign shall not constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership, joint venture or other similar arrangement between the School and Wastebuster, and neither Wastebuster nor any school shall hold itself out as agent, partner, principal, employer or employee of the other.

6.10 These terms and conditions and the Recycle to Read campaign shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.



Terms and Conditions for Switch Off Fortnight 2021 Competition

By submitting user generated content with your contact details such as a poem, photo, poster, video, song or rap made for Switch Off Fortnight and designed to get everyone switching off and saving energy, you are entering into a competition.


You are eligible for entry to the Switch Off Fortnight 2021 competition if the user generated content submitted was created by a young person aged between 4-18 years-old and in full time education in mainland UK.

Switch Off Fortnight 2021 competition

  • Switch Off Fortnight 2021 campaign takes placing 8 – 21 November.
  • Wastebuster reserves the right to change or cancel this competition at any stage and without prior notice, if it deems necessary, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email
  • This promotion will be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Submitted User Generated Content (UGC)

By submitting a contribution to this site, Users:

  • warrant that such contribution is the Users own original work and/ or they have the right to make it available to Wastebuster for all the purposes specified above; and
  • indemnify Wastebuster against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by Wastebuster as a result of Users breach of the above warranty; and
  • agree to waive any moral rights in their contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on this site and the other purposes specified below.

Competition entries and prize

  • Entrants have an opportunity to win one of 10 Green Science Kits
  • Students can submit more than one entry although only one per email
  • Entrants must email their entry to If entries are over 10MB please use wetransfer or a similar sending service and include the download link in your email.
  • The last submission of entries is midday Wednesday 17 November 2021
  • Entrants will be placed into a prize draw and notified by email if they have been successful by midnight on Friday 19 November 2021 using the contact details used for submission.
  • By entering this competition, you are giving Wastebuster the right to promote your entry on the Wastebuster/ Pod / Energy Saving Trust websites and via all media and communications channels including mainstream media.
  • No alternative prizes are available.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email
Personal Information Use
First name, user generated content. Your user generated content and first name given when sending the UGC may be used in social media channels and communications by Wastebuster (and connected brands like the Pod) and the Energy Saving Trust, our Switch Off Fortnight partner.

Apart from the usage given above, we will not share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.


Terms and Conditions for the Switch Off Fortnight 2021 Feedback Survey prize draw

1. No purchase is necessary to enter this Prize Draw.

2. An entry to the Prize Draw signifies acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

3. Only one entry in the Prize Draw will be permitted per school. Only those who are registered with the Pod programme by midnight on 9 December 2021 (the 'Closing Date') will be eligible to enter the draw ('Eligible Participants').

4. To enter the Prize Draw, Eligible Participants must have:

(i) Registered with the Pod by midnight on the 6 December 2021.

(ii) Completed the Switch Off Fortnight 2021 Feedback Survey by midnight on the 6 December 2021.

(iii) Only entries which satisfy the above will be valid ('Valid Entry');

5. The Prize Draw will take place on the 7 December 2021 and the winner announced by the 8 December 2021. The Winner will be the first Valid Entry drawn on 7 December 2021 (the 'Winner').

6. The Winner will be contacted by phone or email on the 8 December 2021. Prize available is a Hotel Chocolat hamper.

7. Prize is limited to one Valid Entry in total. In the case that the first registrant drawn at random is unable to participate, another random selection will be made and the Prize reallocated. There will be no alternative Prize offered to a registrant randomly selected that is unable to participate.

8. The Prize provided is a Hotel Chocolat hamper (no alternative).

9. Wastebuster may need to pass the Winners’ details to associated companies and other organisations to process the entry. Please do not enter this Prize Draw if any of these provisions are unacceptable.

10. The Prize Winner may be required to participate in post-event publicity and / or be prepared to be part of a case study. Failure to participate in post-event publicity may result in forfeiture of the Prize.

11. The results of the Prize Draw may be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Katy Newnham, Wastebuster CIC, The Studio, Beechmere, The Drive, Wonersh Park, Guildford, Surrey GU5 OQW.

12. Wastebuster reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this promotion at any time without notice or liability.

13. The Prize is not transferable or exchangeable for cash. Wastebuster reserves the right to substitute the Prize for an alternative which it deems appropriate.

14. This Prize Draw will be administered by Katy Newnham (the 'Judge'). The Judge's decision in respect of any aspect of this Prize Draw shall be final.

Please do not enter this Prize Draw if any of these provisions are unacceptable.



Hidden Treasure Hunt - Terms and Conditions

The Hidden Treasure Hunt is a Waste Week 2022 competition for schools, inviting communities to take their unwanted electricals and tech to their nearest Currys store to be recycled. There are a range of Microsoft tech voucher prizes for schools with high levels of community participation and also a prize draw to provide all participating schools a chance to win.

Schools’ eligibility

Public eligibility to enter data on behalf of school

  • Individuals/ families must take unwanted electricals and tech to a Currys store between 17 March-14 April 2022 to be able to register their recycling by completing the online form on this website ( for their recycling registration to be counted towards their schools total.
  • One nomination per person/ per identifiable email address can be made for a school, regardless of the number of unwanted electricals items given for recycling at Currys during the competition.
  • The number of items given in to Currys stores for recycling does not change the nature of the entry/ school nomination; any number of items donated for recycling equal one school nomination.
  • During the competition period (17th March – 14th April 2022) only one ‘Cash for Trash’ £5 voucher (that can be redeemed when purchasing items worth £25 or more) can be given per person, regardless of the number of items or store visits during the competition period.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply regarding receiving and using the £5 Currys ‘Cash for Trash’ vouchers including but not limited to timeframe for usage. Please refer to details provided on the Currys Cash for Trash voucher for further details.
  • Individuals (over 18 years) that have given electrical or tech items into Currys for recycling must enter the following details into the ‘register your recycling’ online form on this website ( ; their email address, number of items donated (up to 8 item per category), store in which they were donated, date of donation, an indication of the types of items donated and unique school code, to complete a recognised school nomination
  • By submitting the details contained in the ‘register your recycling’ form, the individual submitting the information agrees for Wastebuster/ The Pod ( to capture their data in accordance with these full Waste Week Hidden Treasure Hunt competition terms and Wastebusters Privacy Policy (see 
  • Data captured when entering donation details will be used by Wastebuster to identify and contact the winning schools as per the competition terms and will be shared with the Waste Week/ Hidden Treasure Hunt sponsors, Currys, Recycle Your Electricals and Microsoft to understand what electrical and tech items have been recycled during the Hidden Treasure Hunt competition.
  • Recycling registrations on this site ( can be taken from 17th of March to midnight on the 14th April 2022. After this date, recycling registration will not count towards a school’s total, even if the electrical or tech items were taken to Currys to be recycled before this closing date/time.

The Hidden Treasure Hunt Schools Competition

  • The Hidden Treasure Hunt competition runs from 17 March-14 April 2022.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 14th April 2022.
  • Prize winners will be notified by email within 14 working days of the competition closing.
  • No alternative prizes are available.
  • The promoters reserve the right to provide substitute prizes.
  • Unclaimed prizes: if for any reason a winning school cannot be contacted or is unresponsive for one month after the closing date, a different winner will be selected.
  • Participating schools are each provided with a unique code that is used to complete a ‘register your recycling’ form on this site ( that on successful completion, constitutes a recycling registration. Each successful completion of the form constitutes one school nomination. The total number of school nominations can be seen in the school totaliser on this site ( The school with the most nominations (recycling registrations using their unique code) wins the Hidden Treasure Hunt top prize.
  • Schools are ranked on the school leader board on this site ( in order of the number of school nominations (recycling registrations completed during the competition, that have entered their unique school code).
  • There are prizes for schools placed first, second and third on the leader board at the time of competition close (midnight 14th April 2022). If there is more than one school in the same placement, the prize will be divided evenly between the schools with the same number of school nominations (recycling registrations using their unique school code).
  • The prizes available which will be directly awarded to participating schools are as follows:
    • £5,000 Microsoft tech vouchers for the school in first place
    • £2,000 Microsoft tech vouchers for the school in second place
    • £1,000 Microsoft tech vouchers for the school in third place
    • 4x £500 Microsoft tech vouchers for the school’s in a prize draw
  • The prize draw will select from all schools that are registered for Waste Week on this site ( who have received at least one successfully completed Hidden Treasure Hunt recycling registration/ school nomination on this site ( during the competition period.
  • By winning any prize in the competition you agree to have recognition of your school promoted as the winner of the prize in all campaign communications by Wastebuster and the Waste Week Hidden Treasure Hunt campaign partners (Currys, Recycle your Electricals and Microsoft). You also agree to provide a quotation in recognition of your prize winning, that can be used in Waste Week and Hidden Treasure Hunt communications.
  • Wastebuster reserves the right to change or cancel this competition at any stage and without prior notice, if it deems necessary, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email
  • This promotion will be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

How we will use your information

As part of the donation details an email address is requested

Personal Information Use
Email address To ensure single entry per person

Apart from the usage given above, we will not share your personal information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, nor will we pass on your details to other websites.

Other information from the donation details will be used to find the winning school’s as well as helping to identify areas of high participation and the common types of electricals and tech being donated into Currys stores for recycling.

Promoters and partners

  • The promoter is Wastebuster CIC (company number: 05883640) whose registered address is at: The Bothy, Albury Park, Albury, Guildford, Surrey. GU5 9BH (
  • For avoidance of doubt Wastebuster CIC owns The Pod (
  • The Hidden Treasure Hunt is run by Wastebuster CIC through The Pod and supported by the Waste Week 2022 supporting partners; Currys, Microsoft and Material Focus (Recycle Your Electricals).