Have you ever wondered what to do with those spent biros, toothpaste tubes or empty crisp packets, and other hard-to-recycle plastic items? Then look no further than the following update on collection points serving the Truro area.
Recycling programmes are organised by hard-to-recycle specialists – TerraCycle – who work in partnership with different brands,manufacturers and retailers nationally, and in conjunction with a range of organisations who host the collection points. Funds raised from recycling these items are normally used to support charities or community-based activities.
All the programmes listed here have dedicated collection boxes on site (except Truro Community Fire Station – see below)
Crisp Packets Programme
Sponsored by Walkers, all brands of empty crisp packets are accepted.
The main collection point for Truro City Centre is now sited at :-
ShelterBox, Falcon House, Charles Street, Truro TR1 2PH where their Visitor Centre provides a great opportunity to find out more about the disaster relief work of this charity.
Collection boxes are located to the right of the visitors’ centre entrance. Please flatten packets before depositing.
Other collection points in the Truro area include :-
Truro Community Fire Station, Station Road, Truro TR1 3HA
Here donors are advised to “come around to the back of the station and leave crisp packets next to one of the back doors. Mark the bag ‘crisp packet recycling – send to Service HQ’ then that will make sure no one thinks it’s a bag of rubbish“!
Funds raised support the Firefighters Charity or “Prickles and Paws” – the Hedgehog Rescue Group. Please mark your bag/box according to the charity of your choice.
More information on the Fire Service’s involvement can be found by going to http://bit.ly/crisppacketrecycling where you can also watch the video on the recycling process see what products the crisp packets are made into
Threemilestone Primary School also host a collection point for empty crisp packets.
They are located at Polstain Road, Threemilestone, Truro TR3 6DH – report to reception first.
Funds raised go towards School Projects. For Term Time dates visit
Oral Care Products Programme
Sponsored by Colgate, all plastic toothbrushes, spent tubes and caps, plus electric and battery toothbrush heads, and toothpaste cartons are accepted.
Visit Oak House Dental Practice, St.George’s Road, Truro TR1 3JE
Closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays, and between 1.00 and 2.00 pm.
Collection box in waiting room.
Acuvue Contact Lens Programme
All types of contact lens, blister packs and foil covers accepted.
Visit Boots Opticians, River Street, Truro …collection box in store.
i Buntu Opticians also host a collection box for contact lens and related packaging.
Visit 66, Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN. Opening times are Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.30 pm and Saturday 9.00 – 1.00 pm
They also stock a selection of spectacles with frames made from recycled ocean plastic (Sea2See)
Unwanted spectacles can also be dropped off to help Vision Aid Overseas.
(note : their name is of Zulu origin meaning “humanity towards others”)
Writing Instruments Programme
This recycling partnership with BIC includes all brands of spent biros, marker pens, highlighters and fluid pots.
Kea Community Primary School hosts a collection box in their reception area for all types of biros, marker pens, highlighters and fluid pots.
They can be found in Kea on the Old Falmouth Road between Truro and Playing Place, Truro TR3 6AY
For Term Time dates visit http://www.keaschool.org.uk/
Please report to reception first. Any funds raised go towards School Projects
Pet Food Flexible Plastic Packaging
This programme run in partnership with Whiskas and James Wellbeloved, includes all types of flexible plastic pet food bags and pouches.
Visit UpCycle Kernow, Porteath Retail Park, Portreath TR16 4QL
Please use the large container sited outside building.
UpCycle Kernow are based well outside the Truro area, but is included here because pet food packaging makes for a considerable amount of black bag waste for many pet owners, so well worth the trip.
They also accept a wide range of other hard-to-recycle plastic packaging including Pringles cans. confectionery packets, biscuits/snacks packaging and KP nuts, popcorn and crisps – check the photo provided for full details ?
Set up as a Community Interest Company they also run reuse and recycling workshops – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Funds raised go towards supporting their innovative work.
Biscuits and Snacks Packets
This programme is run by TerraCycle in conjunction with Jacob’s, Carrs, McVities and Go Ahead.
The collection point is hosted by the Conference & Retreat Centre, Epiphany House, Kenwyn Truro TR1 3DR and is open Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00pm.
The Centre is a registered charity and any funds raised go towards supporting its work – see http://www.epiphanyhouse.co.uk/ for more details
TerraCycle have partnered with Hovis to provide a recycling service for all bread bags.
The Truro collection point is sited at Bosvigo Primary School, Chapel Hill, Truro TR1 3BJ
Please drop off bags at reception. Any funds raised go to the PTA to support School Projects
For Term Time dates visit http://www.bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk/
Note: If you are planning a visit to any of the above it is recommended you CHECK the opening times first. Schools are often open during term-time only.
The above is a selection of hard-to-recycle collection points serving the Truro area, but anyone wanting to check out all the Recycling Programmes offered by TerraCycle, can visit their website https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades where most collection points on offer can be found.
Hard-to-recycle plastic collection points can change locations, or new ones can pop up locally to meet public demand for more recycling, so please watch this space for updates, or check the TerraCycle website.
Thanks to Philip Pearce.