Recycle your nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets
TerraCycle® and KP Snacks® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets. This recycling programme is open to all individuals, schools, organisations (charities, town halls, local authorities) and companies based in the UK.
Please note this programme is available to public drop-off locations only. Read our 'how it works' section below to learn more about the two ways you can participate.
Collection boxes will be available for public drop-off locations on this programme from 18th March 2019.
Participating is completely free and very easy, there are 2 ways to participate:
Search on the interactive map above to see if you have a public drop-off location close by. If there is one, then simply take your accepted waste to the public drop-off location and drop it off during the designated hours.
A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle® waste for recycling. Each public drop-off location is listed on the interactive map above. When you drop off your waste at a public drop-off location, the TerraCycle® points earned for the waste are transferred to the account of the public drop-off location administrator in question, who can then donate the points to the charity of their choice.
Before you go to a public drop-off location with your waste, we advise you check the details (full address, opening hours and location of collection box at the site) and when a telephone number is listed it’s worth calling just to ensure the collection point is still active.
This map is updated when new public drop-off locations are added or removed, so we recommend you consult it in advance of each time you plan to drop off your waste.
If there isn’t a public drop-off location in place already in your community then you could set up your own public drop-off location. To do so, please create a TerraCycle® account, join the programme by clicking on "join programme for free" at the top of this page and then fill in this form to complete the process.
Establishing a public drop-off location will allow you to collect even more nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets and will enable you to earn more points directly on your TerraCycle® account for the charity or the school of your choice. Where communities collect together it also means larger and more sustainable shipments of waste can be sent in for recycling.
A public drop-off location has to be accessible for any members of your community to recycle their waste and can be set-up nearly anywhere (for example good locations for this new programme could be a local shop or a school).
As soon as your application has been approved and when you are ready to post a shipment, download a free UPS label from your account, attach it to your shipment and then simply order a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book a collection online here. UPS will then collect from your location. You can also drop-off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here.
In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please only send accepted packaging (see accepted waste above).
Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) from the packaging, and place them in a box.
Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.
Once collected, the aggregated nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets are sorted, shredded and washed. The material is then densified into hard-granulated plastic granules. The granules are then extruded so they can be incorporated into the production of different plastic products such as fence posts and benches.
Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
TerraCycle® points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or a payment to the school, charity or non-profit organisation of your choice. For more information about our points programme, click here.
1 TerraCycle® point = £0.01
2 kilograms = approximately 600 nuts, popcorn, crisps or pretzels packets.
100 points = £1
Please weigh your shipment before sending it because the weight depends on the type of packets.
KP Snacks® has been making some of Britain’s best-loved snacks for nearly 70 years. Brands include McCoy’s, Hula Hoops, KP Nuts, Tyrrells, Butterkist, Pom-Bear, Popchips, Skips and Space Raiders.
We constantly strive to do good for our consumers, the environment, our people and our local communities – we call this ‘Our Taste for Good’. From the ingredients we use to the development opportunities we offer our colleagues, the local causes we support, to our strategy to reduce the amount of packaging we use, our business is working to create more happy snacking moments each day.
To learn more about Our Taste for Good, including our pacKPromise; a three-stage plan to reduce our packaging impact, visit www.kpsnacks.com/responsible-business.