Richmond tutor launches recycling scheme for difficult to recycle items

A Richmond woman has launched a recycling scheme for items not currently collected by the district council.

Cat D’Arcy initially started running the scheme with a collection point outside her house.

Cat has signed up with recycling firm Terracycle and the waste she collects is turned into cash which goes to her chosen charity, Richmond-based Just the Job.

The collection point outside her home on the corner of Bolton Avenue and Prior Avenue (postcode DL10 4BA) is for:

  • Red bin: snack packets and ring carriers
  • Green bin: pet food packets (must be cleaned out)
  • Purple bin: confectionery packets
  • Blue bin: home care plastics (squirt guns, wipe packets, air fresheners) and contact lens plastics

Cat, who is a maths tutor, also has a bin at the Harvest Energy petrol station in Queen’s Road for snack packets and ring carriers.

She said: “Having seen the devastating effects of plastic in our oceans in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, I became wracked with guilt every time I threw away packaging.

“I was frustrated at the lack of recycling options available so I decided to look into it and discovered Terracycle.”


The recycling bins outside Cat’s house.

Cat says other Terracycle schemes operate in Richmond.

These include:

  • Lion House Dental Practice – oral care waste (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes etc)
  • Trinity Academy – writing implements

She added: “I had hoped to hold more schemes than this so that I could provide a range of recycling options for people but unfortunately places on schemes are limited and the ones I requested were full up.

“You can view drop-off sites for existing schemes at but most of them are about an hours drive from Richmond.”

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  1. Well done. We have carried on collecting so will now be able to make space for more. Thank you Cat.

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