The North Wales Wildlife Trust in Bangor have announced they are now collecting empty and washed crisp packets, cake and biscuit wrappers and ‘Pringles tubes’ as part of the Terracycle recycling scheme.
TerraCycle, a national free recycling agent, have partnered with Walkers crisps to create the free recycling scheme which accepts all types of crisp packets. Once collected the crisp packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products such as park benches, plant pots and watering cans.
A packet of crisps takes just minutes to eat but the packaging can take up to eight decades to decompose. Walkers make 11 million packets of crisps a day. That makes for a lot of waste plastic waste!
Following a petition last year in which 330,000 people called for action on packaging, the company has announced it would introduce the recycling scheme. Walkers has also pledged to make all their packaging 100 per cent recyclable or biodegradable by 2025.
A spokesperson from Walkers said: “We’re committed to making all our snacks packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025 – and are working to meet that ambition as fast as we can. In the meantime, we’re collaborating with TerraCycle so that we can recycle used crisp packets and reduce waste.”
You can drop-off your used empty, washed and cleaned crisp packets at the North Wales Wildlife Trust in Bangor at their Llys Garth Office on Garth Road which is usually open between 09:00 and 17:00 on weekdays.
For more information about Terracycle’s crisp packet recycling scheme and other recycling solutions, visit their website here: www.terracycle.co.uk
Drop-off point for recycling crisp packets in Bangor:
North Wales Wildlife Trust
‘Llys Garth’, Garth Road
Tel: 01248 351541
Main Photo (Top): A 23 year-old crisp pack found on Llanddwyn recently, from 1995, highlighting the problem of plastic waste.