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The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme

Recycle all crisp packets through this programme

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Recycling in partnership with Walkers®

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.

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Drop-off locations

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

This map is constantly being updated

View all participating public drop-off locations on the interactive map above.

A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle waste for recycling. Each public drop-off location is listed on the interactive map above. When you drop off your waste at a public drop-off location, the TerraCycle points earned for the waste are transferred to the account of the public drop-off location administrator in question, who can then donate the points to the charity of their choice.

Before you go to a public drop-off location with your waste, we advise you check the details (full address, opening hours and location of collection box at the site) and when a telephone number is listed it’s worth calling just to ensure the collection point is still active.

This map is updated when new public drop-off locations are added or removed, so we recommend you consult it in advance of each time you plan to drop off your waste.

If you are already a member of this programme and would be interested in setting up a public drop-off location for your community, please fill out this form.

How it works

Participating in the programme is completely free and very simple. There are 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.


If you are a member of this programme and ready to send off your crisp packets, please download a free shipping label via your account, attach it to your parcel and then drop it off at your local post office or post box.

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

Useful information for the collection of the waste

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.

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 2 kilograms. 

For example:

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.

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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