Ever the eco-warrior, green manufacturers Bio-Productions, based on the Victoria estate in Burgess Hill, are encouraging their entire staff to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).
You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity. The crisp packet recycling scheme - instigated by AAKSS volunteer and fundraiser Adam Hunter forms part of a recycling scheme set up by Terracycle and Walkers crisps, although all brands of crisp packet can be accepted, including the multipack outer packaging.
Once collected, the crisp packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.
This ingenious scheme allows collectors to earn points for the waste they recycle. Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.
The crisp packets need to be collected in batches of no less than 5kg. Like-minded companies are welcome to drop off their empties at Bio-Productions or should they wish to embark on their own collection they can contact Nick Turrell, Head of Community Fundraising for AAKSS on 01634 471 firstname.lastname@example.org, who will send a pre-paid label for postage.
Depending on how many packets they collect, local businesses can drop off their empties on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis to Bio-Productions Reception area and they will do the rest.
As long as you include them as part of a balanced diet and take your prescribed exercise, it means you need never feel guilty about munching your packet of crisps ever again!
HR Manager at Bio-Productions, Sara Gibb, is wholly enthusiastic about the scheme, "It's such an easy thing to do, and when it benefits the environment and raises funds for charity to boot, what's not to like?"