Great recycling news for Wreningham as thanks to resident
Val Keel there is now a drop off point for (normally) impossible to recycle
plastic – particularly pet food packaging, baby food packaging, biscuit
wrappers and crisp/snack packets.
The recycling costs are being met by manufacturers so there
is no cost to users. The scheme is operated by TerraCycle which awards points
for items sent to them; these are converted into money which is then donated to
a nominated charity. In this case, that is PACT Animal Shelter. The more items
collected, the more funding PACT will receive. Recycling
The items collected are: pet food packaging from cat or dog
food or treats; biscuits, crackers and cake bar packaging; crisps and other
snack packets; baby food pouches and snacks. Please make sure everything is
clean and dry, especially the pet food pouches.
“I’m happy to take other types of printed packaging too such
as coffee bags, sauce sachets, chocolate bags (basically anything with a silver
lining) so if you want to include it, I’ll check whether I can do anything with
it,” says Val.
“In addition, I’m happy to take any stretchy
plastic/polythene such as bubble wrap, magazine mailers, bread bags, toilet
roll outers, carrier bags and mailing bags – just cut off any paper labels
first. You probably realise these items can go in supermarket carrier bag bins
so you can take them there yourselves but if it’s easier to drop them off with
everything else, I’ll do it.
“The thing you have to be careful about is that the plastic
needs to have stretch in it. If it is noisy when crinkled and doesn’t stretch,
it can’t be recycled, don’t pass it on to me, please put it in your normal waste
“Just drop off the items (clean and dry) in the bin at
Atherstone House, Wymondham Rd, Wreningham (24/7) and I will do the rest.
Please spread the word; talk to friends, family, neighbours, people at work,
school, church or groups you might be a part of and let them know I will take
their items and pass them on so they don’t add to landfill or worse, the
rivers, lakes or seas.
“If in doubt as to whether an item is acceptable, put it in the bin anyway, I’ll sort it out. If you have any questions, feel free to knock on my door or call 01508 488231,” says Val.
Don’t forget, Wreningham School also collects stationery
items under a different TerraCycle scheme.