Crisp Packets Recycling with TerraCycle

Finally – a recycling possibility for crisp packets!

Many of us have a packet of crisps every now and then. Sadly, those packets are unrecyclable in our current green bin service, adding to our waste load. Aside from minimizing plastic in our shopping and making sustainable choices when possible, there’s one more thing we could do now to contribute to minimizing waste in Skerries.

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Sustainable Skerries have set up a TerraCycle account, which we hope will help our town be a bit more sustainable by collecting and recycling those crisp packets..

TerraCycle’s stated mission is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. With the help of the public, they are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

And Sustainable Skerries are getting involved now, too. We have decided to start with the TerraCycle Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme, which we are setting up with the very welcome support of Moriarty’s SuperValu Skerries. We hopefully will be adding more drop off points in the new year.

The Terracycle box will be set up at the back of the tills in SuperValu. Accepted items are all sizes of crisp, tortilla chips, quinoa/hummus/lentil crisps and individual snack packets of any brand. Not accepted items are popcorn bags, snack bars, biscuit wrappers or any other non crisp packet like item. Items should be completely emptied before placing in the TerraCycle box.

If all goes well, we hope to add more available recycling programs in the future. Another big benefit for our community is that, with every drop off into our Terracycle box, our account will earn points, which then in turn we will transfer to our local chosen charity, which in this case is St Michael’s Special School.

We hope this is another step in helping the community manage their waste in a more sustainable manner and also help charities in need. Each of your drop offs will be greatly appreciated

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