Recycle all crisp packets through this programme
TerraCycle® and Walkers® have partnered to create a free recycling scheme for all crisp packets. The scheme also offers participants the opportunity to fundraise for their favourite school or charity.
To find out how to participate in this programme, please refer to the "How It Works" section further down the page.
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.
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 parcel, please follow these steps:
Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.
So we can recycle this waste properly - and in common with other household recycling - we would ask you to properly empty your packaging before placing them in a box. Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.
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.
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 2 kilograms.
1 kilogram = 0 TerraCycle® points
2 kilograms = 400 TerraCycle® points
5.5 kilograms = 1100 TerraCycle® points
Please note that TerraCycle® points are only credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the total weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 Cent.
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.
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.