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Crisp recycling goes local

Terracyle, an innovative recycling scheme, partnered with Walkers in 2018 to create a free recycling scheme for crisp packets of all brands and Wirral is home to seven communal collection points.

Each of these communal collection points can be used by anyone to recycle their used crisp packets.

Once collected, these crisp packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned and shredded to turn them into plastic pellets. These pellets are then used to create park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags – transforming waste into new items.

The Crisp Recycling scheme now has over 14,000 locations in the UK and has so far recycled over 8 million packets of crisps. The scheme enables residents to continue recycling the millions of crisp packets that are used and discarded and offers participating venues, the opportunity to fundraise for their favourite non-profit school or charity.

One of the Wirral locations, Calday Grange Grammar School, is supported by local school pupil Ben Shoebridge, a finalist at this year’s Echo Environment Awards and a member of their Eco Council.

Ben comments on the scheme: “There are 6 million packets of crisps that go into landfill per year and the plastic and aluminium foil that the packets are made from make them extremely lightweight and hard to recycle, taking 80 years to fully degrade.”

At Calday, they have designated crisp packet bins next to every food outlet for students as well as a collection point by reception for local community use. The school continue to promote the scheme in their school newsletter and on social media to further engage with students’ parents so that they too collect packets at home or work and drop them off in the collection bin.

He continued: “By our school getting involved we are reducing the amount of waste by influencing the way that people discard the packaging and the scheme finds a way to turn these materials into something useful, greatly benefitting our environment.”

By getting involved with the scheme you can help reduce your impact on the environment, improving waste awareness and helping to support schools and organisations financially.

Wirral are lucky enough to have seven communal collection points and as the Terracycle scheme is currently not accepting any new public collection points, we need to make the most of the current locations. 

These locations are as follows:

  • Calday Grange Grammar School
  • Wirral Environment Network
  • Wildlife hospital, The Hoggery
  • Greasby Infant School
  • Tesco, Heswall
  • Eastham Library and One Stop Shop
  • The Hog Centre, Frankby
  • Inspire Coffee Bar, Wallasey

These sites are run on a voluntary basis, so before each visit, we recommend that you check with the site that it is open.

For more information about this crisp recycling scheme please visit Walkers website