Crisp packets to help keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying

Crisps

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:29am 12th December 2018. (Updated at 8:43am 12th December 2018)

Empty packets can generate money to help the life saving helicopter which costs more than £8k a day.

This week snack chain Walkers launched a crisp a nationwide crisp packet recycling scheme working with company TerraCycle.

The first UK-wide recycling initiative for crisp packets is free to use and allows people to dispose of the bags in an environmentally friendly way.

The bags, which can be any brand, are shredded and turned into plastic pellets which can be transformed into park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags.

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Save your empty crisp packets!

SO HOW EXACTLY DOES THIS HELP WILTSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE?

To encourage people to collect and recycle the packets the scheme offers charity points, where a financial donation is made, depending on the number of bags collected.

You'll need to collect 400 packets but it's hoped schools and business will take up the initiative.

You can contact the Facebook group Recycle For Wiltshire Air Ambulance for a pre paid label for a UPS pick up.

COFFEE LOVERS:

Crisp packets are just the latest line of products to help boost funds for the air ambulance.

Coffee lovers can also do their bit by recycling Tassimo pods.

There's a recycling point at Tesco on Southampton Road in Salisbury.

 

Tassimo
Don't throw your Tassimo pods in the bin -recycle them for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

 

BABY POUCHES:

Meanwhile if you've got a baby who's partial to Ella's Kitchen then those pouches can also be recycled.

 

There are also volunteers collecting both items in Harnham, Bishopdown Farm, Bemerton Heath, Wilton, Durrington, Amesbury, Old Sarum, Fugglestone Red, Larkhill, Downton, Bulford, Tidworth.

Some of those volunteers may also collect the empty crisp packets.

To get the exact address you'll need to contact the team behind the local scheme as the details can't be given out.

SUCCESS SO FAR: 

The recycling group was set up a few years ago by Salisbury businesswoman Sam Peters and Lesa Snook, so far they've raised more than £5,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

It costs £3.25m a year to keep the helicopter flying to every bit helps!

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Every crisp packet, Tassimo pod and Ella's Kitchen pouch helps fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

 

 

 

 

 

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