A private school has become the home of a new recycling centre for the surrounding community.

Edge Grove, in Aldenham, has prided itself on being 'eco-friendly' and a new recycling hub is proof of that.

Paper, metal, and cardboard has always been recycled but now it is offering a place to drop off 'harder to recycle' waste too like crisp packets, toothbrushes, dental product packaging, latex gloves, and bread bags.

Pupils and their families can use the site but it is open to the public too.

Alex Evans, wife of headmaster at Edge Grove, Ben Evans, is spearheading the campaign for the school.

She said: "We’ve always been an eco-friendly school but we wanted to do more than just ‘our little bit’ for the environment. Earlier in the year the recycling of crisp packets became very topical with the Walkers initiative taking the country by storm, we knew this was something we could help with too.

"We looked into it and initially signed up for the recycling of single use plastics such as crisp packets and latex gloves, which we collect in collaboration with Holroyd Howe, our on site catering company. We’ve gradually expanded what we can recycle and can now accept all manner of harder to recycle plastics."

Edge Grove is also currently working towards retaining its Green Flag Status with the Eco Schools Initiative.

The recycling hub will be open during school hours and is clearly signposted within the school grounds.