It comes after Royal Mail was forced to step in and ask customers to stop posting empty crisp packets earlier this month They will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small plastic pellets to be used to make everyday items such as outdoor furniture, trays, roofing and flooring.
Many started posting used bags back to Walkers at its factory in Leicester, leading to a plea in September to stop from the Royal Mail. Match of the Day presenter Gary Linker, who has been paid millions to promote Walkers chips, has also come under fire on social media.
The recycling drive by the firm, which produces an astonishing 4 billion packets of chips a year, is another victory for the Daily Mail's campaign to 'Turn the tide on plastic'. Walkers are paying Terrace an undisclosed fee to use its existing locations which collect products which cannot be routinely recycled, such as coffee capsules and plastic pens.
Huge numbers end up blighting streets, parks, beauty spots and beaches for years and even decades. Now used crisppacketscan be taken to collection points at schools, fire stations, shops and other locations run by waste company Terrace.
They will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small plastic pellets to be used to make everyday items such as outdoor furniture, trays, roofing and flooring. Many started posting used bags back to Walkers at its factory in Leicester, leading to a plea in September to stop from the Royal Mail.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Linker, who has been paid millions to promote Walkers chips, has also come under fire on social media. The long-term damage to the packets was shown in April when a 30-year-old bag of Walkers cheese and onion chips was found in a beach clean-up in Cornwall.
KP Snacks (owner of McCoy’s, Terrell and Hula Hoops), Tesco, Asia, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl, Wait rose and Marks & Spencer have also pledged to make their crisp bags completely recyclable The recycling drive by the firm, which produces an astonishing 4 billion packets of chips a year, is another victory for the Daily Mail’s campaign to ‘Turn the tide on plastic’.
Walkers are paying Terrace an undisclosed fee to use its existing locations which collect products which cannot be routinely recycled, such as coffee capsules and plastic pens. PepsiCo, the makers of Walkers chips, have confirmed they’re launching a “free and simple way to recycle” its crisp packets.
Using the hashtag #PacketInWalkers, environmental activists called upon the snack food giant to introduce recyclable packaging. What's more, consumers went on to share photos of themselves posting empty crisp packets back to Walkers (so much so, the Royal Mail was forced to ask people to put their packets in envelopes).
In a statement shared on the company’s website, Walkers said, “We understand the responsibility we have to reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment, and we're on it! Advertisement Consumers can now drop their empty crisp packets at designated collection points, where they will be sent to Terrace; a private recycling firm based in New Jersey, USA.
Receive the latest fashion news, beauty inspiration, shopping ideas and more straight to your inbox every day. Walkers ® offers a simple and free crisp packet recycling scheme, which accepts all brands.
Please make sure you use a sturdy cardboard box which is no larger than 60×60x50cm in size. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here.
Please make sure your packets are completely empty before dropping them off or sending your shipments. For members of the programs, also make sure you tape the box together securely, ensuring there are no loose edges or corners.
In the meantime, we’re collaborating with Terrace so that we can recycle used crisp packets and reduce waste. Anyone based in mainland UK or the Isle of Wight can participate in our recycling programs.
Unfortunately people based in the following locations cannot participate at this time: the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Isles of Silly, Jersey or Guernsey. This is due to logistical reasons but please be assured the Terrace® Operations Team are looking into solutions for us to provide free recycling programs in these locations in the future.
Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here. Please note: In an effort to save hundreds of courier journeys and further reduce the scheme’s carbon footprint, we are asking all participants to send one shipment per month. But don’t worry, you can send up to three parcels per shipment through the multi-label shipping option.
Then simply click on the “send us your waste” button and then on “create free postage label”. Please be mindful of the carbon footprint of the scheme, by sending us as many packets as practical per shipment.
In line with the upcoming program change, we ask collectors to send one shipment per month (consisting of up to three parcels) with a minimum weight of 8 kg from public drop-off locations and a minimum weight of 5 kg from private collectors. Once you have your box, put your waste directly in it (and, if possible in a plastic bag beforehand), close it well and stick the prepaid shipping label on the box (the shipment is completely free).
The separated items are then cleaned, shredded, and made into new recycled products. If you do not send a shipment within 6 months, you might be removed from the program to allow other people to participate.
This program offers 100 Terrace® points for each kilogram of crisp packets sent for the heaviest qualifying shipment received in any given month. You will find the list of charitable gifts in the field of the environment, the fight against hunger, education, childhood or prematurity at the bottom of the page.
If you have chosen to donate to a charity (either by selecting an existing charity or by adding a new one), you must choose the number of points you wish to redeem (as a reminder, you must convert a minimum of 1,000 points). Check the contents of your cart and click on “checkout” to close the transaction.
If you wish to stop collecting this waste, log in to your account, select the “my recycling programs” tab and click on the small gray cross to the right of the name of The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme. However, since December 2018 Walkers chips paired up Terra cycle who have taken on the challenge and finally we have a way to recycle our crisp packets.
This is a great step forward as we now have a facility to deal with the millions of crisp packets consumed each year! If you decide to become a drop off point then Terra cycle offer a free post service to send off your crisp packets.
We launched the UK’s first nationwide Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme, which you can find out more about here. This is another step in our journey towards make all of our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.
What’s great about our new Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme is that we’re making new items that have a long life, including fence posts and flooring. There are countless ways we are doing this from making our factories more energy efficient to optimizing our haulage network.
As active participants, we have voluntary signed up to 14 pledges which includes reshaping our products to make them healthier, marketing responsibly and engaging with consumers, so they can make informed choices. Between 2005 and 2007 we reduced the amount of saturated fat in our Walkers chips and savory snacks as well as the amount of salt. More than three quarters of our single serve savory snack products that don’t contain positive nutrition are now under 160 calories.
Answer: Our ingredients are generally sourced from the UK and Europe though in some instances globally, especially for spices. Answer: We are constantly looking at ways to make the whole process from farm to store more sustainable, from improving the irrigation in our fields to reducing the amount of carbon emissions in our factories.