Local people will have noticed a lack of crisp packet recycling in Tesco recently.
Before Christmas Tesco appointed a new store manager who decided the crisp packet recycling container was not ‘professional enough’ so it was removed.
Unfortunately, we weren’t told about it and the first we knew was when we had several enquiries as to where it had gone!
After waiting several weeks to speak to the right person I can now confirm that the receptacle has been removed for several reasons, which I won’t go into here.
I’ve looked into getting a ‘proper’ (ie sturdy plastic) container and could probably get sponsorship for this, however, there is a new problem with crisp packet collections on the horizon:
The Philippine Community fund were sending two shipping containers to the Philippines a year filled with desks, books and other supplies for their new school. The empty crisp packets were used as both packing material and, when they arrived in the Philippines, were sanitised and utilised as raw materials for the lovely bags, pencil cases and purses we have shown you on other posts. The profits from these products were helping support some of the poorest Filipino families.
The school project is now complete and the PCF no longer need two shipping containers per year, which begs the question, “What do we do with the empty crisp packets?”
Unfortunately I do not yet have the full story, but I’ve decided to post up what I DO know because I’m getting hundreds of emails every month asking the same question…
All I can tell you at this point is the crisp packet recycling collections at Tesco have ceased and you have until April 18th to send your crisp packets direct to the Philippine Community Fund at the address below:
The Philippine Community Fund,
PO Box 294
After April 18th I don’t yet know what will be happening for those of you who are collecting crisp packets and sending them in.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported the charity. It’s been wonderful to see so much interest and I’m very sad that it’s come to an end. We ran the scheme for a year and in that time collected over 100kg of crisp packets.
After making these crisp packets into products, the profits kept over 60 children out of poverty for a year and enabled them to get an education through the Philippine Community Fund.