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Now you can recycle your empty crisp packets on campus

Some of the products Terracycle manufactures from recycled crisp packets © Terracycle

Staff, students and visitors are now able to recycle their empty crisp packets at Sussex.

The main collection point is Eat Central in Bramber House, where a dedicated crisp packet recycling bin (pictured) is available. At other SussexFood cafes, simply hand your empty crisp packet to a member of SussexFood staff.

Crisp manufacturer, Walkers, and specialist recycling company, Terracycle, have partnered to create the free recycling scheme which accepts all crisp packets.

Deputy General Manager of SussexFood, Alison O’Gorman, said: “SussexFood are very excited to be involved in this campaign with Walkers and Terracycle. You’re welcome to recycle all crisp bags – not just those made by Walkers. Just drop your bags off at any of the SussexFood cafes on campus. The bags are then cleaned on site and sent off where they will be 100% recycled into useful new items like watering cans, plant pots and benches.”

The scheme isn't just limited to Sussex. Members of the public are being encouraged to drop off their packets at one of hundreds of 'public access collection points' around the country. They can also put them in a box or envelope and post them to TerraCycle free of charge. The packets - made from plastic and aluminium foil - will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small pellets which will be converted into plastic items.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Monday, 28 January 2019