Recycling – From Crisps to Clothes

Dacorum Borough Council has two pieces of news on the recycling front this month. Firstly a new partnership with TerraCycle will enable residents to recycle their crisp packets and secondly with three days of sustainable clothes swaps.


In the UK, we munch our way through approximately six billion packets of crisps every year – with an estimated 11 million new packets being made every single day. These crisp packets cannot be recycled in your normal blue-lidded bin and so they are destined for either landfill, incineration, or worse – become litter.

Innovative company Terracycle specialises in collecting hard-to-recycle items which cannot be accepted in local authorities’ normal kerbside recycling. It partnered with crisp manufacturer Walkers last year to create a free recycling scheme in which empty crisp packets can be turned into useful new products. Since the launch of the scheme in December 2018, it has already diverted 10 million crisp packets from landfill.

To help residents recycle even more, DBC has partnered with TerraCycle and its Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme. The new public drop-off points for crisp packet recycling are:

  • The Forum (Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN).
  • Herts County Council (Apsley Campus, Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9DQ)

Please save your crisp packets and drop them off so that they can be recycled. Any brand is accepted, including nuts, popcorn, pretzels and even the outer bag for multipacks (crisp packets only – no tubes or other types of packaging). These two points will act as a trial – if the scheme is popular and well used, DBC will work to roll out more drop-off points to other areas within the borough.

If you’re interested in launching a TerraCycle recycling point in your workplace, school or business, visit the TerraCycle website for further information.


DBC is also hosting three sustainable clothes swaps between 10 and 12 October 2019 at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead, so that people can exchange their unwanted items for something different – it’s like shopping, but free!

Clothes swapping is a great, easy way to update your wardrobe. It’s guilt-free shopping with no cost to you or the environment. Just bring along your good quality items you no longer wear and exchange them for something ‘new’.

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. This means the clothes that we buy are contributing to climate change more than air and sea travel combined. Textiles production is also the world’s second largest industrial polluter after oil.

For more details including rules and times please visit the Dacorum Borough Council’s website.

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