So, we are all fully aware of the huge amount of waste we are creating in our daily lives and how this is now affecting the local, national and international environments we live, work and play in.

Now that COVID lockdowns have been somewhat loosened, Yeadons (Boston Spa) & Yorkshire Building Society (Wetherby) are now offering to collect the following items for the Terracycle scheme, helping to ‘recycle the non-recyclable’;

  • empty crisp packets (min 30, flattened),
  • used pens and markers,
  • used toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes.
  • Eco bricks, 2litre only (Yeadons), read more here.

Sorry we are no longer collecting;

Any coffee pods (most brands now offer a postback service eg Nespresso)

Empty medicine blister packs, try larger Superdrug stores.

80+ ecobricks, 120kgs of crisp packets (about 25,000 packets!) and 1415+ coffee pods collected so far…..and counting!

Thats at least 160kgs of single use waste we’ve prevented from going to landfill or incineration

Please note, be mindful that we still need to protect the health of the staff in our local businesses and our volunteers, so we recommend you;

  • store your recycling at home until you’ve got a good quantity to drop off eg minimum 30 crisp packets.
  • handover in a used plastic bag (which we will recycle)
  • all items must be empty, clean and dry. Check out our do’s and don’ts (below)

Look out for the recycling collection signs in their shop windows, and please spread the word.

Please right-click on the image to save, print off and put up on local Boston Spa & Wetherby noticeboards.

Do, flatten & wrap your crisp packets with an elastic band, we have to get 15kgs of crisp packets in a box to send to Terracycle, this saves us a huge amount of time & helps with storage. For example, here are over 2,500 packets, it took 45minutes to individually flatten!

Recycling Crisp Packets
Recycling Crisp Packets

Want to do more? here’s some food for thought, think about what are called the ‘5R’s’, so Refuse & Reduce the amount you buy. Next time, think before you buy new:

  1. Do you need it?
  2. Can you buy locally and seasonally, eg. fruit & veg?
  3. Can you borrow it, eg. tools?
  4. Can you buy preloved from charity shops? (The secondhand economy of ‘preloved’ goods is bigger in Britain than in any other developed country, generating more than £700m in sales and helping high streets survive, so don’t forget our local charity and hospice shops.)

Furthermore Recycle, Re-use and Refill – with recycling in mind and with the help of local communities, we’ve put together a PDF Download Handy Guide on Recycling from coffee pods to crisp packets, toners to toothbrushes, as well as all the usual Recycling Guides.

Please follow the Recycling Scheme Rules for ensuring this initiative can be run practically for our volunteers and sustainably for the benefit of our community:

  1. separate recycling by waste stream;
  2. everything is empty of crumbs;
  3. all packaging is flat not scrunched;
  4. only accepted items are included.

The Terracycle initiative will not only turn your waste into useful things like outdoor benches, fence posts and watering cans, but will raise funds for Bramham Primary School (our Terracycle Community Recycling Point) and keep this type of waste out of landfill, incinerators and the environment.  In its first 10 months of operation at Bramham Primary School, this environmental initiative has saved 150kg of waste from being incinerated or landfilled!

Plastic Free Community

Secondly, our group is about to start our journey as a village to become a Plastic Free Community. We understand that this won’t happen overnight, but from ‘small acorns grow mighty oak trees’! We suggest that a good start would be for us all to stop using avoidable single use plastics (or use sustainable alternatives where needed). The other key elements involved are:

  1. Local Parish Council to pass a resolution supporting the journey to Plastic Free Community status.
  2. Local businesses to remove key single use plastics or replace with sustainable alternatives.
  3. Local community engagement, ensuring community groups and organisations are involved in the fight against avoidable single-use plastics. Please spread the word.
  4. Local community events become Plastic Free.
  5. Creation of a local group of stakeholders, which includes representatives from Parish Council and local businesses, to ensure we, at the end of the journey, complete the application for official Plastic Free Community status.

We’ll keep you updated as to our progress.

If you would like to become more involved in any of the above initiatives, please contact us using the form below:

Contact Adrian at the Recycling Group