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The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme

Recycle all crisp packets through this programme

Participating locations
3,928
Waste recycled
19,461,388

The UK’s largest crisp packet recycling scheme

Walkers® offers a simple and free crisp packet recycling scheme, which accepts all brands.

This is now the largest and fastest-growing scheme of its type in the UK, with more than 1,600 public drop-off locations nationwide. In fact, there is a public drop-off location within 4 miles of 80% of UK households – find your local one here

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Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations
Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Find your nearest public drop-off locations on the map above.

How it works

Participating in the programme is completely free and very simple. There are 2 ways to participate:

1. Drop off your crisp packets at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your crisp packets.

To learn more about public drop-off locations, please click here.

2. Set up a public drop-off location (applies to existing members only)

If you don’t have a public drop-off location nearby, you could set one up somewhere that’s accessible to members of the public, such as a community centre, shop or other public space (please ensure you have permission from whoever administers the site). But because we are always looking to minimise the environmental impact of our schemes, you need to be confident you can collect a minimum of 8kg of crisp packets every six months – that’s around 1,600 packets. This will help reduce the number of trips needed by vans picking up shipments. If you think you can meet this requirement, please apply here.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.

Note: we do not provide collection boxes for this scheme – we would ask that you re-use an old cardboard box.


Once you are a member of the programme and when you are ready to send a shipment, please follow these steps:

  • Download a free UPS label from your account
  • Print your label out
  • Attach your label to your parcel

Simply book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online via this link. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here

What you can recycle in this programme

Crisp multipack outer packaging is accepted. Please do not fold the crisp packets into triangles. Check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

Best practices for collecting

Please make sure your packets are completely empty before dropping them off or sending your shipments.

For members of the programmes, also make sure you tape the box together securely, ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it to the shipment.

Please do not send in boxes which are larger than 70cm x 60cm x 60cm. In line with the upcoming minimum shipment weight change, shipments sent in by public drop-off locations should weigh a minimum of 8kg and a maximum of 20kg.

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the crisp packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Rewards

This programme offers 200 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of crisp packets sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 5 kilograms. Public drop-off administrators are asked to send parcels weighing a minimum of 8 kilograms.

For example:

2 kilograms = 0 TerraCycle® points
5 kilograms = 1000 TerraCycle® points
8 kilograms = 1,600 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are only credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators and community locations as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.

Resources

Walkers is the nation’s favourite crisp brand. Founded in Leicester in 1948, Walkers produces many of the country’s best-loved snacks, including Walkers crisps, Walkers Sensations, Walkers Oven Baked, Quavers, Wotsits and Monster Munch. We’re committed to making all our snacks packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025 – and are working to meet that ambition as fast as we can. In the meantime, we’re collaborating with TerraCycle so that we can recycle used crisp packets and reduce waste.

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