Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex crisp recycling scheme
You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash only fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity! The crisp packet recycling scheme - instigated by AAKSS volunteer and fundraiser Adam Hunter, forms part of a recycling scheme set up by Terracycle and Walkers crisps, although all brands of crisp packet can be accepted, including the multipack outer packaging.
The crisp packets are collected and sent on to the Air Ambulance. From there, the packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. This ingenious scheme allows the charity to earn points for the waste they recycle. Once credited, the points can be redeemed as financial donations by the Air Ambulance Service.
Our School Council wanted to get involved in helping the wider community and when they heard that they could help the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance by eating crisp packets - they were straight on board!
Our representatives made posters that are displayed around the school and held an assembly to promote their initiative. Our collection box is situated by the dining hall and all children are encouraged to save their crisp packets.
In our last School Council Meeting, the children were very excited to empty the collection box and collate the crisp packets ready to send off their first donation to the Air Ambulance.