It's come to the crunch: Walkers has launched a UK-wide programme to recycle crisp packets, following mounting consumer demand.
Walkers tweeted back in July that it was 'working tirelessly to tackle waste challenges and have committed to 100 per cent recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025'. The brand maintains that 'the issue until now has been that they [crisp packets] weren't being separated or collected for recycling', which it says the new scheme sorts out.
Through a partnership with TerraCycle, recycling drop-off points have been set up across the UK, accepting all brands of crisp packets. While there are hundreds of these they certainly don't cover the whole country – for example, there are only two drop-off points in the whole of Birmingham – so Walkers says it will also send a courier round to people's homes or workplaces to collect empty packets for free.
Once collected and sorted, the packets will be recycled into plastic pellets that can be used to make products like outdoor furniture, roofing and flooring.