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Terracycle collections resume

Good news for recyclers. Edgar Sewter Primary School will resume monthly Terracycle collections on Saturday 7th November from 10am to 12 pm.

The public will only be able to drop off crisp, nuts and popcorn packets plus empty toothpaste and toothbrush products at the school entrance, where the collectors can work in a Covid safe environment. Empty packets must be clean and ready to box.

Halesworth community TerraCycle monthly collections were suspended in March due to Covid 19 pandemic restrictions on indoor meetings. These collections in conjunction with the school raised over £90 for the forest school project and towards their eco schools work.

TerraCycle offers a large number of recycling options for hard-to-recycle waste from many manufacturers, from crisps and biscuits packets to soap dispensers and contact lenses. Individuals can create an account at www.terracycle.com.

The free collection programmes are funded by conscientious companies and points are earned toward various charities and projects. Collect your packaging, download the free shipping labels and send your waste back to be recycled.

The company has also recently introduced Loop to the UK; a refillable container service in partnership with a leading supermarket to meet the demand for zero waste following consumer concern about non-recyclable single use plastic packaging.

Loop customers can buy popular consumer brand products in refillable containers, delivered directly to their home, for a small refundable deposit. Loop then provides an empty container collection service when product refills are required.

Recently, re-fill zero waste shops have opened in the region, including Refill in Leiston, Tel 01728 832323 and Uncle Sidís Zero Waste store in Lowestoft, Tel 07549350460, both offering foodstuffs and soaps for filling in your own clean containers. Of course, you can also just take your own bags for filling with your purchases at the local market or greengrocers. For other local outlets check www.zerowastenear.me listings.

When it comes to food stuffs in difficult to recycle TetraPak cartons, consider using alternatives such as recyclable glass or even recyclable plastic bottles where available.

With lockdown, consumption of snacks and their associated wasteful packaging increased dramatically, according to consumer research. The traditional mood-boosting associations of snacks came to the fore during this period, with people marooned at home with just the TV and radio or company, although there is evidence some tried to balance extra snacking with healthy eating and exercise.

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