Rudgwick Youth Centre has become one of the first drop-off points for a range of plastic waste to help raise money for its activities.
People can now take a range of items, which cannot currently be recycled with the council, to the centre as part of a scheme by recycling company TerraCycle.
Youth worker Loyd Harp, who set up the project there, said: “The Rudgwick Youth Centre is delighted to have signed up as a TerraCycle drop off location for the Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, Johnson’s Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade, Coffee Packaging Brigade, McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade, Activia Yoghurt Brigade and the Tassimo Brigade.
“These recycling programmes make it possible for the people of Rudgwick to recycle waste packaging which is normally too difficult or costly for local councils to recycle.
“As such, Rudgwick is among the first communities in the UK to offer recycling drop off points for these materials which would otherwise end up in landfill.”
People can contribute by dropping off any brand of waste baby food pouches, baby wipes packaging, biscuit wrappers, coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids, Activia, Actimel and Shape yoghurt pots and Tassimo TDISC’s and outer flow wrap packaging to the outdoor collection box at the centre in King George V Playing Fields, Rudgwick.
The collected waste will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins. As well as supporting the environment, people will also be helping the club.
For every item collected, the centre will receive two pence to put back into the club. All funds raised will be used to help fund the free youth activities the centre runs.