Despite the big push from the government, there is still not enough being done for effective recycling. Walkers (a popular product brand found in vending machines) is looking to change this, with the first ever Nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. It launched on Monday 10th December and will be advertised on Walkers crisp packets from January 2019.
Working with recyclers, Terra Cycle, the scheme will tap into an established network of hundreds of recycling points around the UK. Better still, it’s free and simple to use, and all brands of crisp packets will be accepted in order to be turned into other, basic plastic items.
How it works.
- Your empty crisp packets can be dropped off at any recycling point around the UK. There are hundreds in total and your nearest one can be found here.
- If there isn’t a drop-off point local to you, simply download a label from the Terra Cycle website and arrange to have your packets collected from home by a courier free of charge.
- The packets will then be sent to Terra Cycle who will clean and shred them, before turning them into small plastic pellents. These will be used to make everyday items including furniture, trays and even flooring!
Support the scheme!
Everybody is surely aware that former footballer and current pundit Gary Lineker is the brand ambassador for Walkers, and has voiced his support for the scheme and explained how it works in an online video. This is available to view now on their website. As mentioned, the scheme will also be advertised on their crisp packets from January 2019.
As an incentive to take part, the scheme offers charity points based on the number of bags collected. Rather than send off one packet at a time, Walkers encourage you to collect many packets and then send them all off in one go.
PepsiCo is aiming to ensure all of it’s packaging is 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable by 2025 and this is an important step. This is the first crisp packet recycling scheme in the UK and the brand are hopeful of it being a big success.
But everyone needs to play their part…