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Eaton Bray Academy to benefit from New Recycling Scheme

Posted on December 8, 2012

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Eaton Bray is one of the first locations to join a brand new nationwide recycling scheme set up by Kenco and TerraCycle called the Coffee Packaging Brigade, aiming to save coffee packaging waste from landfill.

A collection box for all brands of coffee packaging waste is situated at the Nisa Local on the High Street with funds being donated to Eaton Bray Academy for each unit of coffee packaging waste collected.

Terracycle Coffee Recycling

The majority of coffee packaging waste unfortunately ends up in landfill as local councils simply don't have the infrastructure to recycle mixed plastics. The waste however is recyclable, prompting Kenco to partner with TerraCycle to set up the Coffee Packaging Brigade with an initial 100 location spaces available across the UK.

The aim is to enable communities to come together to save as much coffee packaging waste from local landfill, whilst raising money for good causes. The coffee packaging waste will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins.

TerraCycle and Kenco appealed for people across the UK to find suitable locations in their communities that were willing to house a collection box and apply for a space.

Villager Anne Johnson arranged for a box to be located in Eaton Bray. Locals are now able to drop their waste coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids off to the collection box located outside the store 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mrs Johnson said: "It is great that Nisa Local have housed a collection box at their store to enable us to be one of the first communities in the UK to be able to recycle their coffee packaging waste. Two TerraCycle points are earned for the weight of each coffee packaging unit that is returned, with each point being redeemable for a one pence contribution.

"All the money raised will go to Eaton Bray Academy for the school's allotment project where children help to grow fruit and vegetables that are used in the school kitchen so we encourage local people to drop off all their coffee packaging waste and tell all their friends and family to do the same. The aim is to not only save as much coffee packaging waste from landfill as possible but also to raise as much as possible for the school."

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