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.”
Cat says other Terracycle schemes operate in Richmond.
- 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 www.terracycle.com/en-GB/ but most of them are about an hours drive from Richmond.”
For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/richmond.recycler