Local residents in Carlisle are now able to support a local charity by recycling their crisp packets.
Crisp packets can be recycled in the following public buildings: Longtown Community Centre; Impact Furniture Services, Nelson Street; Harraby Community Centre; Currock Community Centre, Denton Holme Community Centre, Inglewood Infant School and Stanwix Primary School.
The City Council and waste management company TerraCycle UK, have partnered with Walkers for the Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme. The empty crisp packets will be collected by Carlisle City Council and will be sent to TerraCycle to be cleaned, shredded and turned into plastic pellets. The pellets are then transformed into items such as park benches, waste bins, playground equipment and fence posts.
Crisp packets often contain metallised plastic film - a product which looks like foil but is actually plastic and metal - which isn't widely recycled. Any brand of crisp packet is accepted, but not popcorn bags, meat snack bags or crisp tubes.
TerraCycle provide charities with a financial reward for every kilo of crisp packets recycled and Carlisle City Council have chosen Eden Valley Hospice as their charity.
Natalie Bingham, Eden Valley Hospice’s Corporate Relationship Co-ordinator said:
''This is such a wonderful initiative and we're absolutely delighted that Carlisle City Council have chosen to support Eden Valley Hospice as their chosen charity! A huge thank you to Carlisle City Council for their support and we look forward to seeing this scheme develop and hopefully roll out to even more public sites, giving people more opportunities to recycle.''
For more information on how and what you can in recycle in Carlisle, visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/recycling