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Coffee Recycling Comes To Town
Friday 19th October, 2012

Coffee Recycling Comes To Town
Cllr Myra Whiteside, Mayor of Wigan Borough, with her Consort Mr John Hurst

Shoppers and visitors in Wigan town centre can now recycle their coffee packaging waste for the first time thanks to a new partnership between the council, Kenco and recycling experts TerraCycle.

A collection box at the entrance to the Wigan Life Centre on the Wiend will allow for the coffee packaging waste to be saved from landfill and be recycled into new products like park benches and watering cans. And local people are set to benefit too.

Mayor of Wigan Borough, Cllr Myra Whiteside, says: “Thanks to the Coffee Packaging Brigade, we can save resources and raise cash for my Mayoral Charity. Wigan and Leigh Pensioners’ Link do excellent work supporting older people and now funds raised from any brand of waste coffee bean and refill bags, single serving coffee sachets and plastic coffee jar lids can help to continue to support them.”

Two TerraCycle points are earned for the weight of each coffee packaging unit that is returned, with each point being redeemable for a one pence contribution.

The collection box is available from 9-5 on weekdays and 10-4 on Saturdays when the Life Centre is open to the public.

The Coffee Packaging Brigade has a growing number of locations from Blackpool to Luton, with full details on their website www.terracycle.co.uk

Stephanie Okell, Brand Manager for Kenco says: “Kenco is proud to partner with TerraCycle to launch the new Coffee Packaging Brigade which for the first time provides communities with the opportunity to join together to recycle waste coffee packaging that would otherwise end up in landfill. We encourage the people of Wigan to really get behind the scheme to not only make a difference to the local environment but also to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Pensioners’ Link.”

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