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Lacey Green village hall raises money for local charities by recycling the ‘unrecyclable’

| July 3, 2022

Lacey Green village hall is raising money for local charities by recycling the ‘unrecyclable’.

The people of High Wycombe are being encouraged to take various ‘hard-to-recycle’ items to Lacey Green Village Hall saving them from landfill and raising funds for local causes at the same time.

Jo Sharp, a local High Wycombe resident, has signed up to various recycling programmes offered by TerraCycle, the world leaders in the recycling of hard-to-recycle waste. The recycling programmes include the Cathedral City Cheese Packaging Recycling Programme, the pladis (the brand behind McVitie’s and Jacob’s) Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme and the Pringles Tubes Recycling Programme.

Jo to set up a public drop off location at Lacey Green Village Hall where local people can drop off waste including crisp and snack packets, Pringles tubes, personal care and beauty products, oral care products and packaging, Ferrero Rocher wrappers, Hasbro toys and games, bread bags and more to be sent in for recycling.

None of these materials can be included in local kerbside recycling collections so traditionally have ended up in landfill or been incinerated.

Jo, who set up and manages the public drop-off location, said: ‘I was looking for a way to reduce the amount of waste I was sending to landfill when I found these great free programmes run by TerraCycle to recycle a whole host of waste which the local council recycling collections can’t accept. Anyone can sign up and collect waste at home for recycling. I decided to go one step further by setting up a public access drop off location in the village hall so that anyone can come and drop off their non-recyclable waste.

So far the High Wycombe community have helped us to raise more than £2,600 for various local charities, most of which support young people in the area. This initiative is a great way to help both the environment and local people, and so we encourage everyone in High Wycombe to take their rubbish to the drop-off point at Lacey Green Village Hall, which is open 24 / 7, and to help us spread awareness locally by telling their friends, families and colleagues.

The collected items Jo sends into TerraCycle is then recycled by shredding, cleaning and turning into a pellet format which can then be used by manufacturers to create new generic plastic products such as outdoor furniture, lumber and construction applications, reducing the need to extract new resources from the planet.

For each unit of waste collected, Jo also receives TerraCycle points that can be redeemed as a monetary donation to the charities of her choice. Jo has chosen to raise money for several local charities including:

  • St Johns Primary School
  • Wycombe Youth Action
  • Young Carers Bucks
  • Lighthouse Central

Further information about Jo’s collection points and to see whether she has a bin near you can be found on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JosRecyclingHW.

Further information about TerraCycle, including information on how to set up your own TerraCycle collection point can be found on the TerraCycle website at https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB.

*Source of article : Press release from TerraCycle.

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