SCHOOLS have been told: "Carry on recycling".
Councillors confirmed yesterday that they plan to scrap any charges for collecting recycled goods from the district's schools.
And it means a victory for local schools and for The Examiner, who had campaigned to scrap the charges.
A free green bin recycling service for schools, scrapping charges introduced in 1993, will be included in a three-year Kirklees Council recycling plan.
And a councillor said it was intended to start introducing it in the coming months.
Clr Martyn Bolt, the council's cabinet member for the environment, said: "There has been some publicity on this issue in the last week and reports of a campaign being mounted.
"I welcome the enthusiasm and commitment of schools to recycling. It fits in very much with how we want to work with them, and all other organisations, on recycling.
"I am sure they will not be disappointed with our proposals within the recycling action plan and look forward to everyone playing their part."
Children at Almondbury CE Infants School were the first to raise concerns.
They wanted to recycle paper and cardboard, but were stunned when the council said they would have to pay.
Children wrote letters and sent drawings to councillors and to Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who vowed to take up their fight.
The Examiner, too, called on the council to scrap any charges.
Clr Bolt said: "Collecting recyclable material from green bins in schools can fit in with the household recycling collection rounds, instead of being regarded as trade waste that has to be paid for under the existing policy agreed in 1993.
"We intend to change the policy as part of the wider three-year plan and to do that sooner rather than later.
"We are looking at many new initiatives to increase recycled waste and schools are an important aspect that we have not ignored.
"Promoting recycling in schools is important and is something that we take very seriously.
"If schools opt to take part in the scheme they will be provided with bins that will be collected as part of the household collection routes every fortnight once the alternate weekly collection of grey bins and green bins is introduced.
"For safety reasons we will need to agree a green bin collection point for each school.
"The collection rounds are such that we cannot guarantee visiting schools when children are in the classroom. It may be during break and lunchtime periods, so a safe collection point will need to be identified."
Mr Sheerman said: "I'm delighted and it is brilliant news.
"It is marvellous that schools will now be able to do their bit and I am glad to see Kirklees Council take the issue so seriously.
"My committee in the Commons has been looking at sustainable schools and schools like Almondbury Infants do a great job."
Dave Moss, of Almondbury Infants, said: "The children will be delighted, as will their parents.
"Many of them have said it was ridiculous that schools had to pay to try and help the environment."