Working with recyclers, TerraCycle, the scheme will give people the chance to set up collection points around the UK. The scheme is simple and free to use; all brands of nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packaging will be accepted and the recycled material will ultimately be turned into new plastic items such as outdoor furniture.
How it works:
- Visit www.terracycle.co.uk/kpsnacks to sign up to the KP Snacks Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet Recycling Programme and register your collection point.
- Once registered, KP Snacks will send you a collection bin.
- Collect empty nuts, popcorn, crisps or pretzels packets and put them in the collection bin.
- When ready to send in the collected packets, the collection point administrator can download a free shipping label from www.terracycle.co.uk. The packets can then be sent to TerraCycle who will clean and shred them ready to be made into small plastic pellets, which will be used to make everyday items such as outdoor furniture, plastic lumber, waste bins or storage boxes.
- People are encouraged to collect as many packs as they can in one go and then send in larger batches. To incentivise these larger more sustainable shipments, the scheme offers charity points for shipments over 2 kg in weight (approx. 600 packets).
Mark Thorpe, KP Snacks CEO, says: “I’m delighted to launch this new recycling scheme with TerraCycle, which for the first time will allow not only crisp packets, but also nuts, popcorn and pretzels packets to be recycled. This initiative is just one part of our pacKPromise; a three-stage plan to reduce our packaging impact.
“Phase One of KP’s pacKPromise is to use less packaging. We have invested significantly in our Hula Hoops factory and are now using 23% less packaging in our Hula Hoops multipacks. Phase Two is to provide a short-term recycling solution, which we are doing with the launch of this new programme with TerraCycle. Phase Three is for our plastic packaging to be fully recyclable by 2025 as part of our membership of the UK Plastics Pact.”
Laure Cucuron, General Manager, TerraCycle Europe, adds: “TerraCycle is delighted to be working with KP Snacks to launch a solution to recycle nuts, popcorn and pretzel packs of any brand for the first time in the UK. Simply find the nearest public access drop off location using the interactive map on the TerraCycle website and drop off any empty packs for recycling.”