One of our readers mentioned she had seen recycling information on two brands of Walkers crisps. It was a number 5 – PP.
I contacted Walkers to get more information about how to recycle this material (this was before we set up local crisp packet recycling).
Here is their response.
Dear Mrs Green
Thank you for your recent email regarding our packaging.
At Walkers, we continually look for ways to be more environment-friendly. We are currently working with the carbon trust to assess the levels of carbon used in the manufacture of all of our products, and have made a commitment to reduce these levels year on year.
Our aim is always to produce high quality, great tasting crisps and snacks, and packaging plays a key part in this, to maintain the quality of the product for the duration of its shelf life. Our multipack outer film is made from orientated polypropylene – this is a recyclable material, however only some local authorities are currently able to recycle this.
The film in which our products are packed is made from two layers of plastic polypropylene, sandwiched between a thin layer of aluminium. Whilst this film can also be recycled, as all plastics can, the difficulty lies in separating food debris from the surface and also splitting out the various components of the film, before this can be recycled. Currently, however, the energy required to do this often means there is little environmental gain in doing this.
However, that said, many local authorities are improving their recycling capability each year as environmental awareness and recycling methods improve and therefore you may wish to contact your local council to establish what facilities are available in your locality.
In the meantime, please be assured of our ongoing commitment to seeking ways to make our business and our products more sustainable. If you would like to learn more about this and our work with the carbon trust, please visit our website at www.walkers.co.uk. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me again if I can be of any further help.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact us.
Consumer Care Advisor
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