7 things you can recycle and your closest drop off points in Canterbury

With a crackdown on single use plastic, the nation is under pressure to recycle them in a bid to become more environmentally friendly. The EU have a target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020 so people are urged to help now.

TerraCycle is a global recycling company that has launched their own programmes to tackle the issue by recycling plastic waste products that would otherwise go to landfill and take years to decompose. The company’s programmes mean our waste can be made into new products.

Here is a list of 7 items you didn’t know could be recycled and where your nearest drop off points are around Canterbury:

BABY FOOD:

TerraCycle and Ella’s Kitchen have teamed up to create EllaCycle, not only for Ella Kitchen products but also for any brand of baby food pouches.

Where to recycle:
Espression Arts Cafe, 29-30 Palace St, CT12 DZ
Littlebourne Primary School, CT3 1XS

BREAD BAGS:

The programme offers reward points that can be redeemed into financial donations to a school or charity of your choice.

Where to recycle:
Canterbury City Council Offices, CT1 1YW

 

COFFEE: 

This collection point is for Tassimo T DISCs, outer packaging, L’OR capsules, Kenco Eco Refill packs and coffee jar lids.

Where to recycle:
Tesco Extra – Whitsable, CT5 3EE
Co-op Food- Shepherdswell, CT15 7NU
Co-op Food- Sandwich, CT13 9AL
Morrisons- Canterbury, CT1 3TQ

Adam Hunter is the Kent coordinator for the scheme. He said: “I’ve done the coffee pod scheme for the last 3 years. That’s raised over £14k for Kent charities and diverted over 1.3 million pods from landfill.”

PET FOOD:

Whiskas and James Wellbeloved have partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling programme for all pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags.
Where to recycle:
Selling Village Hall, ME13 9RQ

 

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

TerraCycle and Garnier have partnered together to create a free recycling programme for all beauty product packaging.

Where to recycle:
Littlebourne Primary School, CT3 1XS
Church House Hall (Birchington), CT7 9RS

 

CRISPS PACKETS:
Where to recycle:
Espression Arts, 29-30 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ
Littlebourne Primary School, CT3 1XS
Morrisons- Canterbury, CT1 3TQ
Wildwood Trust- CT6 7LQ

 

Dan Farrow, Marketing Manager at the trust said: “Wildwood Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving, conserving and rewilding native British wildlife. We’re passionate about natural habitats for wildlife and the role that recycling schemes play in helping to keep our ecosystems healthy. Terracycle has introduced an initiative to recycle empty crisp packets and we were proud to join the scheme in March of this year.

“We have already collected thousands of crisp packets from visitors and staff at the park, and would encourage all visitors to use the Terracycle box outside of our cafe as a way to help keep non-degradable plastics out of our natural habitats. Not only does it help flora and fauna, but it lowers the carbon footprint of everyone who uses the scheme. Wildwood has introduced recyclable take-away cups and non-plastic straws, and we continually look for new ways to minimise our impact on the natural world.”

STATIONARY: 

 

Any brand of pen, highlighter, marker or correction fluid pot (Tipp-ex) can be recycled as part of this programme.

Where to recycle:
Littlebourne Primary School, CT3 1XS

Barham CE primary school, CT4 6NX

TerraCycle said: “If you join one of our free programmes as a public or private collector you can collect your waste using an old cardboard box and you can also send us the waste using a receptacle of your choice.”