Money for old crisp packets!

29 February 2020

For the past three months, families across Norwich have been collecting plastic.  As well as things like plastic bottles and yoghurt containers which can be put in the city council’s blue wheelie-bins, they’ve been saving their crisp packets, plastic bags, toothpaste tubes and many other types of plastic packaging. 

Norwich Green Party is working alongside Hallswood Animal Sanctuary which runs a recycling scheme for plastic items that local councils cannot at present recycle.  Hallswood can collect them and pass them on to specialist recycling companies.  They have a list of more than 40 plastic based articles that have value to the companies which pay Hallswood for them.  They have raised an absolutely amazing £10,000 already!

In addition to doing our bit to ensure more plastic is recycled and supporting an animal charity, we're also marking the United Nations World Wildlife Day on 3rd March.  The theme of this year’s annual event is ‘Sustaining all life on Earth’ and encompasses all wild animals and plants.  This is particularly appropriate to Hallswood which does a lot of wildlife rescue work at its sanctuary in Stratton Strawless.

These keen plastic-collecting families, together with Norwich Green Party members and supporters, will gather at 53 Jessopp Road in Norwich on Saturday 29th February between 2 and 4pm for a mass sorting and handover session.  Refreshments will be provided.

Green Party city councillor, Paul Neale, said:

“This is a great opportunity for us all to look at the plastic waste we’re throwing away.  It’s a classic win/win/win.  The general public win as we can recycle more plastic of the kind that is now thrown away, the environment wins as less goes to landfill, and Hallswood’s rescued animals win too!”

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