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Every year countless numbers of crisp packets end up in waste bins across the UK.

Cambridgeshire County Council is now an official crisp packet recycling drop-off location at its Shire Hall office on Castle Hill.

Members of the public can drop off any type of crisp packet at Shire Hall reception, which will be sent off to get recycled as part of a national recycling collection scheme where empty crisp packets to be made into new, recycled products.

The County Council has joined the collection scheme as crisp packets often contain metallised plastic film – a product which looks like foil but actually contains both plastic and metal – which isn’t widely recycled. Crisp packets are not accepted in household kerbside collections in Cambridgeshire so this is a great opportunity for anyone to bring in their crisp packets which will be sent off to be recycled.

Waste management company TerraCycle, who have partnered with Walkers for the Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme, will accept any brand of crisp packet. Packaging that isn’t accepted via the programme includes popcorn bags, meat snack bags, crisp tubes or crisp packets that have been folded into triangles.

The crisp packets will be collected from the Council’s Shire Hall site and taken away to be cleaned, shredded and turned into plastic pellets. The pellets are then transformed into items such as garden furniture, park benches, waste bins, playground equipment and fence posts.

Richard Panter, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Facilities Contract Manager, said: “It is our aim to get people across the county recycling as much material as possible, whilst at the same time reducing the amount of waste going into the black bins.

“We are continually looking at ways to increase our recycling efforts as a business too, so if we can encourage people – staff and residents - to recycle their crisp packets to prevent them from ending up in landfill that can only be a good thing.”

Sheryl French, Project Director for Energy Investment Unit, Growth and Economy, said: “As a business we are also in the process of refining a new Plastics Strategy, to address reducing the Council’s use of single-use plastics. This will be discussed and reviewed at our General Purposes Committee meeting, on 28 May 2019, and a final version of the policy will then be considered by committee for approval and adoption at the next appropriate Full Council meeting.

“Our desire is to be a leading organisation in reducing our use of plastics whilst ensuring that what we can’t avoid using in the short term goes for recycling.”

The Council is now listed as an official crisp packet recycling point on the TerraCycle website along with various other locations across the county. To find your nearest drop off point visit the website.


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