Council joins with Terracycle to recycle crisp packets

Caddy with crisp packets inside

Posted on: 14 June 2019

Love crisps but hate waste? You can now munch on your favourite snack without the guilt of adding to the contents of your waste bin by recycling the empty packets instead. 

North Devon Council has teamed up with waste management company Terracycle to get more people to recycle crisp packets. There’s now a recycling point at the council offices at Lynton House in Barnstaple for collecting empty crisp packets. 

Crisp packets of any brand can be dropped off at the council office, before they are sent off to Terracycle, where they are separated by plastic type and made into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. The council hopes to extend the scheme to other packaging types in the future, and also to add more drop-off points around the district, including its offices in South Molton and Ilfracombe.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden says: “Crisp packets are a hard-to-recycle waste product so we are not able to include them in our weekly recycling collections. This is a frustration for us as a council as well as for many of our residents, so this scheme is a very positive step in the right direction.

“Recycling is of paramount importance in our district so we are thrilled to have this facility available to our residents and we hope they will take full advantage of it. We would also encourage local schools, businesses, charities, community groups and schools to provide their own collection points; it’s free and easy and minimises the impact of this waste product on our environment.”

You can bring empty crisp packets to Lynton House’s reception every weekday between 9am to 5pm. If you’d like to set up your own recycling collection point lots of information is available on Terracycle’s website www.terracycle.com. For more information on recycling in North Devon, visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling.

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