Friends of Mahu facilitate the recycling initiative UniCycle, at Mahurangi College. The purpose of UniCycle is to help reduce the cost of purchasing uniforms for families while reducing the amount of textile waste going to local landfill. UniCycle is a community led initiative that is NOT fundraising focused, and is run by volunteers, mainly our parents.
COLLECTION: Terms 1-3: First week of each Term; Term 4: Last 2 weeks of November
SALE DAY: Terms 1-3: First Friday of each Term 1-3 1.30-3.30pm; Term 4: Last Friday of November 1.30-3.30pm
HOW DOES UNICYCLE WORK AT MAHURANGI COLLEGE?
During Unicycle collection week families can drop off second-hand uniform items at student services into the clearly marked UniCycle wheelie bin.
Families will earn credits for each item of uniform that is dropped in to be recycled. The amount of credit received will depend on the current retail cost of the item; it’s age and condition. NOTE: We are no longer accepting 'old style' uniform.
Credits can be used to purchase second hand uniform items during the Unicycle Sale Day, which will be held on the Friday of each UniCycle week. Families can also choose to simply donate second hand uniforms, which will be given to families in need. Anyone can purchase second hand uniforms at the sale day, even if you have not dropped off uniforms.
What do I need to know before dropping uniforms items off?
Uniform items need to be washed, packed into a bag with the contact form well attached (additional copies are available at the Unicycle Bin). Uniforms with no or insufficient details will be treated as a donation to the school. Uniforms that need washing or repairs will have credits deducted. Please note: Unicycle is about recycling uniforms that have been grown out of - not worn out.
What happens after I drop off my uniform items?
The uniform items will be assessed and given a value depending on age, condition and the initial cost of each item. This value is then recorded on your families UniCycle Credit Card. These credits can be used at any UniCycle Sale Day to purchase any second hand uniform items. NOTE: Credits will be not given for 'old style' uniform items, but we will accept these as a donation.
What happens on UniCycle Sale Day?
On Friday afternoon at the end of each Unicycle week, second-hand uniform items will be displayed and available for purchase outside the auditorium from 1:30pm-3:30pm. They can be purchased by anyone, either with previously earned credits, or with cash. Most uniform items will be valued at $5-$25 each.
When are the UniCycle Weeks
Week 1 of Terms 1-3, and the last 2 weeks in November in Term 4, are Unicycle weeks. We will also have the Unicycle bin out for collection in the last week of each term. Reminder will be emailed out to parents prior to each Unicycle week; reminders will also be posted to the FOM and Mahurangi College Facebook pages, and in the daily notices.
Can I buy at the UniCycle sale if I haven’t dropped off second hand uniforms?
Yes you can. Each item will be labeled with a price - you can pay with either cash or UniCycle credits.
I don’t have enough UniCycle credits to buy the uniform I want?
That’s okay - you can pay the balance in cash.
How long do my credits last?
For as long as your children attend Mahurangi College.
Do I lose my credits if I leave school?
Yes, but you are welcome to gift them to another family.
Can I exchange my credits for cash?
Can I use UniCycle credits to buy new uniform through the online store?
No sorry, this is a totally separate system.
I have some uniform that I just want to donate to the school. Can I drop it in the UniCycle bin?
Yes, thank you. The school may pass this on to someone who really needs it, or it may be sold at a UniCycle sale day.
Can I drop off my second hand uniforms at the actual UniCycle sale?
Yes you can, but we will not be able to process your credit right then and there. You will have to wait to use it at the next sale day, so we recommend dropping it off in the days leading up to the sale day.
Where does any money raised by Unicycle go?
While UniCycle is NOT a fundraising initiative, any funds raised will go back into the school.
Are there any uniform items you won’t accept?
We won’t accept:
Any 'older style' uniform (shirts, jumper, trousers, jackets, PE uniform)
Sports team hoodies and jackets
Anything that is not official school uniform (eg. substitute brands)
NOTE: We are no longer accepting an 'old style' uniform.
What happens if the uniform I donate does not pass your quality assessment?
Unicycle is about recycling grown out of uniforms, and NOT worn out uniforms. Any uniform that is too badly ripped, stained or worn out will not be exchanged for credit. If your uniform is saleable but needs washing or a simple repair, $5 will be deducted from your credit to cover repairs (buttons sewn on, ripped seams repaired, washing, etc.).
Can I buy second hand uniform at any other time?
No sorry. The UniCycle is run by volunteers, and the uniforms are stored off-site inaccessible by staff. There will only be four Unicycle Sale Days per year. Parents will be given regular reminders of these dates well in advance.