Source: The Green Party in Northern Ireland
Friday 11 January 2019
Crisps are the snack of choice for Northern Ireland people and who doesn’t love a cheeky crisp sandwich – but what happens to the empty bags once we’ve munched through the contents?
Cllr Rachel Woods is concerned that most empty bags end up in landfill and has proposed that Ards & North Down Borough Council sign up to the Walkers and TerraCycle crisp packet recycling scheme.
Cllr Woods said: “I am the first to call out big companies for failing to live up to their recycling responsibilities and for producing unnecessary plastic packaging in an unsustainable way.
“This scheme is an example of a company promoting sustainability and doing their bit to ensure that packaging doesn’t end up littering our countryside or floating in our oceans and seas.
“I’ve secured Council support for further research as to how we can sign up to and promote the Walters and TerraCycle crisp packet recycling scheme.
“This would mean that people can deposit any brand of empty crisp packet at a local deposit point. The crisp packets are cleaned and shredded to turn them into plastic pellets. These pellets are then transformed into items such as park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags.”
Cllr Woods concluded:
“Ultimately, this scheme can reduce waste to landfill which can only be a good thing. That’s why I’m glad that Council has backed this proposal.”
Sinead McIvor – 07701 302 498
Tags: plastic waste, recycling
by Cllr Rachel Woods