RECYCLING ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY SORRY, BUT BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED COLLECTION OF CRISP PACKETS, BISCUIT AND CAKE WRAPPERS, AND SWEET WRAPPERS. YOU CAN STILL LEAVE BOTTLE TOPS, PENS/PENCILS AND SMALL BATTERIES, EGG BOXES FROM BEECHWOOD FARM AND USED ASTHMA INHALERS. NO ECOBRICKS FOR THE TIME BEING PLEASE.
We are based in West Berkshire where the only plastic collected by local government for recycling is plastic bottles, nothing else. We have introduced a scheme whereby local people can bring some of their waste plastic to the shop - this is collected by the lovely Jana (see below, being filmed by ITV News outside the shop). Jana bags the plastic and sends it to Terracycle for processing. In return she receives a small amount of cash which is donated to charity. The cumulative effect of her work is amazing - over 1400kg of waste has been saved from landfill and nearly £1800 has been raised for the charity Canine Partners who provide dogs to support those who need physical help.
Space is limited at the shop but we collect crisp packets, biscuit and cake wrappers, and sweet wrappers (please note we have changed from pet food because of hygiene - the image at the bottom of the page needs updating). Many people from neighbouring villages, as well as from Hampstead Norreys, bring their plastic to be recycled - the large bins (beautifully made by volunteer Frank) are full each week.
We also collect milk bottle tops, used pens and felt tip pens, egg cartons from our local Beechwood Farm, and used asthma inhalers, all for recycling. And now, our latest addition, we accept used (small) batteries.
Concerned about the use of plastic bags, we thought creatively about how to be more eco-friendly, and now, ta-da, we have Hampstead Norreys Community Shop's very own Bring-Me-Back bags.
Made by the HNCS sewing group, who came together for this purpose, using repurposed fabric.