(Picture: Getty)More than half a million empty crisp packets have been sent to Walkers to be recycled over the last three months, after the crisp company unveiled the UK’s first crisp packet recycling scheme back in December.
The scheme followed a high-profile campaign calling on the company to introduce environmentally friendly packaging.
Their response was to allow customers to post their empty packets – which are made from plastic and aluminium foil – to be recycled using Walkers’ free post address option.
The campaign drew so much attention that Royal Mail had to appeal to the public to put their packets into envelopes before posting them back to Walkers using their free post option.
Walkers had been in talks with the specialist recycling firm TerraCycle about setting up a scheme since January 2018.
(Picture: Walkers)In a bid to become more environmentally friendly, Walkers will now accept any brand of empty crisp packet, to clean, shred and turn into plastic pellets used to make products such as outdoor furniture.
More than 8,500 crisp packet collection points have been established across across the UK since the initiative was launched.
Sue Welfare, a recycler based in North Lancing, West Sussex, has been the biggest contributor to the scheme so far, sending in almost 50,000 packets – which according to Walkers could produce 25 benches made from recycled plastic.
From today, TerraCycle will launch another recycling initiative – to facilitate the recycling of plastic ring carriers used for multi-pack beverages, such as beer cans and fizzy drinks.
Much like with the Walkers scheme, there will be designated collection points where you can send off your ring carriers.
All you have to do is search online for the nearest collection point, or you can sign up as a private collector by downloading free post labels to send your plastic ring carriers directly to TerraCycle.
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