How To Recycle Your Crisp Packets

Image Credit: Terracycle/Walkers

First thing first. Are you one of those people that just really loves delving into a bag a crisps? Getting your favourite flavour, devouring them in seconds?
I wonder if before you read this, you realised that crisp packets can take decades to break down. And currently, they are not commonly recycled. No? Me either. I was oblivious to these facts too, it didn’t cross mind every time I popped open a bag of salt & vinegar.

Full disclosure, this post is NOT sponsored and is something that I am genuinely happy to write about.

Now, I cannot remember how I came across this scheme but I’m pretty happy I did. Terracycle are a UK based recycling depot. Various brands run recycling schemes through them. So if you check out their website, you’ll see what else can be sent to them or dropped off at local drop off points. I chose to participate in the Walker’s Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme. The scheme accepts all brands of crisp packets.

What Do You Need?

  • Medium/Large Cardboard Box(es)
  • Recyclable bags (optional)
  • Access to a printer
  • Access to the internet
  • A Terracycle account (sign up here)
  • Participants who eat crisps!

How To Collect/Package

  • Set up a collection station and make others aware of it’s prescence.
  • Collect as often as you need to.
  • Once you have a minimum of 2kg worth of crisp packets, you can box them up (max 15kg per box).
    Tip: make sure you push out as much air as possible when boxing them up.
  • Log into your Terracycle account
  • Go to your account and click ‘Get Shipping Label”
  • A label will be sent to your email address, print and adhere to your box
  • You can then send via UPS by arranging collection or dropping to a depot
  • You’ll be awarded points per shipment recieved which can be turned into monetary value to be withdrawn or donated to charity.

And it’s as easy as that! Please consider signing up to this scheme. It isn’t hard and can be a great way to raise money for your workplace/charity or just for you. Points mean prizes!

Image shows one full box collected and sealed and two full bags ready to be packaged.


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