Recycling at Ashton
Thanks to the Cotton family, our school is now a Terracycle drop off point for clean, empty crisp packets to be recycled.
Crisp Packets Can Now be Recycled for the First Time
- The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme is a TerraCycle recycling programme sponsored by Walkers.
- Now for the 1st time crisp packets can be recycled in the UK.
- Up until now there has been no way to recycle them so they have ended up in landfill or incineration.
The Schools Involvement in the Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme
- The school is one of TerraCycle’s 1st public access collection points for crisp packets in the UK
- All brands of individual packs and the outer multipacks are accepted
- Simply drop them back to the school between 8:45 am and 3 pm in term time (or in the blue wheely bin at Little Grange in Beckford at other times)
- The school earns charity points by recycling crisp packets
- For shipments of over 2kg of crisp packets we receive TerraCycle points
- 200 TerraCycle points per kg – each point worth £0.01
- So 2kg of crisp packets earns the school 400 points (£4)
- We donate the funds to FX’s Fund which provides support for children in intensive care and their families (currently saving for cuddle cots)
- We also act as a drop off location for TerraCycle’s writing instruments, biscuit and snacks, oral care, personal care, air care, baby food pouches and pet food programmes and to date have raised over £1,350 via our recycling efforts saving over 63 000 items from landfill (since 2012).
Why are crisp packets hard to recycle / what are they made of / what will the recycled material be used for
- Pretty much anything can be recycled
- Whether a material is recycled however is largely down to economics
- National infrastructure in the UK is in place for materials that have value
- Local council recycling systems like we have in Worcestershire accept paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, plastic bottles and some rigid plastics like food as they have value
- More complex multi material products particularly flexible plastics are harder / costlier to recycle
- This is why these materials aren’t recycled
- Crisp packets for example are made from a multi-layer, polypropylene-based film often with a metallised barrier layer
- TerraCycle partners with brands – like Walkers for crisp packets – to make the economics work so that they can now be recycled in the UK
- The collected crisp packets will be shredded, washed, dryed and then turned into flakes or pellets
- These recycled flakes or pellets are then used by manufacturers (lessening the need to create new virgin plastics) for injection or compression molding into a variety new products like park benches, fence posts etc