New crisp packet recycling points

We've teamed up with TerraCycle to enable residents to recycle their crisp packets at two new public drop-off points.

In the UK, we munch our way through approximately six billion packets of crisps every year - with an estimated 11 million new packets being made every single day. These crisp packets cannot be recycled in your normal blue-lidded bin and so they are destined for either landfill, incineration, or worse - become litter.

Innovative company Terracycle specialises in collecting hard-to-recycle items which cannot be accepted in local authorities' normal kerbside recycling. It partnered with crisp manufacturer Walkers last year to create a free recycling scheme in which empty crisp packets can be turned into useful new products. Since the launch of the scheme in December 2018, it has already diverted 10 million crisp packets from landfill.

Although this free and simple recycling scheme is sponsored by Walkers, the collection points accept all brands of crisps, nuts, pretzels and popcorn packets, including the multipack outer packaging. Please note: tubes or other types of packaging, such as sweet wrappers, are not accepted.

To celebrate Recycle Week 2019, we've launched two new public drop-off points for crisp packet recycling. These can be found at:

  • The Forum (Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN).
  • Herts County Council (Apsley Campus, Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9DQ)

These two points will act as a trial - if the scheme is popular and well used, we'll work to roll out more drop-off points to other areas within the borough.

By saving your crisp packets and dropping them off to be recycled, not only are you helping the environment, but the waste you recycle with TerraCycle also helps to fund charities and community organisations.

TerraCycle offers a range of free collection schemes. If you're interested in launching a TerraCycle recycling point in your workplace, school or business, visit the TerraCycle website for further information.

You can find out more about what can and cannot be recycled from your home on our blue-lidded bin page.