TerraCycle Update and other Recycling Ideas

Last May we joined TerrraCycle and became a nominated drop-off point for others to deposit their crisps, popcorn and nut packs in a special TerraCycle Container here at our Wrexham site.

For those that are unaware of TerraCycle it is an innovative recycling campaign that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard to recycle waste.

It’s great to see that the containers are filling up again. The recycling scheme is in use daily by the team and they are also bringing their packets from home.

The programme offers 100 TerraCycle points for each kilogram of nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets sent.   However the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 8 kilograms.

Joining the TerraCycle program you can even earn points and redeem them for donations when your waste meets the minimum shipment weight requirements.   The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle website.

So what happens to the waste? Once collected the aggregated nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzel packets are sorted, shredded and washed.  The material is then densified into hard-granulated plastic granules.   The granules are then extruded so they can be incorporated into the production of different plastic products such as fence posts and benches.

The TerrraCycle recycling programmes are free and are funded by brands, manufacturers and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your waste. So do you get involved? Click on this link and simply chose the programmes you would like to join to make a better impact on our planet.

This week we are also going to look at ways of reducing the use of plastic whenever possible and how we can look for sustainable alternatives.

By looking at the types of products you buy, and how they are consumed and disposed is a good starting point.

We have got a couple of eco-friendly ideas to get you started these which will help to reduce the rubbish that you produce at home.

Making the switch to loose tea

You may think that tea bags are just simply paper and tea. But that’s not the case as many of the tea bags we buy contain polypropylene which is what the tea bags are sealed with.

It’s worrying to know that this plastic is not recyclable or biodegradable.   When you put all of your used tea bags in the food waste or compost heap, it can lead to plastic pollution, as not all of it will be broken down.

I was surprised to hear that my favourite brand doesn’t offer a plastic free bag of my favourite brew so I’m definitely considering using loose leaf tea in future.

Replace liquid soaps for bar soap

We are all guilty of refilling the plastic bathroom or kitchen soap dispenser with liquid soap from a bigger plastic container.

Bottled pump soap became popular on the mass market in the late 90’s but last year saw sales of barred soap had risen by nearly 3 per cent. So maybe it’s worth changing our shopping habits and  switch back to bar soap.

Plastic-Free Alternatives to Food Wrap

Beeswax food wraps made from cloth coated in beeswax can be used in place of cling film to cover bowls and wrap food.

Or why not use parchment paper or glass jars which are also great for most food leftovers.

There are some more great ideas on a website I came across called Blossom on how to become more eco-friendly by up cycling and reusing.

Our feature photo this week is from Sue-Laine via Flickr.