I was browsing the West Country Tonight Channel when a headline caught my eye. It read:
“A woman from Gloucestershire who recycles so much she produced just one bag of rubbish last year has set up a crisp packet re-cycling scheme.”
Well I guessed that might be about me LOL!
View below to see our couple of minutes of TV coverage. You’ll get to see Jane Walker too; founder of the Philippine Community Fund. She’d love to fill a 40 foot shipping container with empty crisp packets; so how about it? Would you like to help out?
If you’re in Gloucester, you can take your packets to Tesco in St Oswalds Road (The old cattle market). If you’re not in Gloucester, then why not write to the manager of your local store and ask them to put in a recycling point. Tell them I sent you 😀
I’ve put together a sample letter if you’d like to write to your manager. Obviously you can put quill to ink and write your own handcrafted masterpiece, but if that sounds like too much effort, just copy and paste the one below and add your own details. The more of you who do it, the more likely Tesco are to roll with the idea. We’ve made a commitment to be just slightly more ‘out there’ this year, so why not make that same resolution yourself? You can find the address for your nearest Tesco with their store locator.
Once you’ve written your letter, settle down with a cuppa and watch our video on Monday’s “West Country Tonight”
Dear [name of local Tesco supermarket manager]
I read a story / saw a TV news item about a family who have set up a recycling collection point for empty crisp packets in their local Tesco store at Gloucester.
The crisp packets are shipped to the Philippine Community Fund in Manila; in shipping containers that are going there anyway.
The Philippine Community Fund (PCF) is a registered charity who provide healthcare, education and skills training to some of the poorest Filipino communities. The crisp bags are woven into handbags, pencil cases and purses which are sold through the charity to raise funds.
PCF has been providing schooling for children who live and would otherwise be working on the rubbish dumps for about seven years. Now, thanks to this programme, their parents, and older students who have left school make these bags are paid a fair wage which means they earn a living and learn life skills.
The Philippine Community Fund have recently finished building the largest school in the world made from recycled shipping containers! This will be large enough to offer education to every child who is working on the nearby dump site in Manila, making child labour a thing of the past for these children.
Due to the nature of the materials used, there is currently no way to recycle empty crisp packets in the UK. All we can do is put them in landfill, where they stay for hundreds of years. Sending them to the Philippines helps keep rubbish from our own landfills, tackles poverty and help improve lives.
I would like you to support this scheme by setting up a crisp packet recycling collection in your store.
You can find out more about the Philippine Community Fund by calling 01489 790219 or by visiting their website http://p-c-f.org
You can find out more about the family who launched the scheme at their local Tesco on 07516 979 776 or by visiting their website: http://myzerowaste.com
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