From Your Cappuccino To A Park Bench

Polka Theatre signs up to new UK initiative to recycle coffee packaging

People of Wimbledon are encouraged to support this initiative by taking their coffee packaging waste to the Coffee Packaging Brigade Collection Box at the Polka Theatre to reduce the impact on local landfill and raise funds for the Polka Theatre

Wimbledon is one of the first locations to join a brand new nationwide recycling scheme set up by Kenco and TerraCycle called the Coffee Packaging Brigade, which aims to save coffee packaging waste from landfill.

A collection box for local people to drop off all brands of coffee packaging waste to is now situated at the Polka Theatre on the Broadway, with funds being raised to support the environmental initiatives of the Polka Theatre, for each unit of coffee packaging waste collected by the local community.

The majority of coffee packaging waste unfortunately ends up in landfill as local councils simply don’t have the infrastructure to recycle mixed plastics. The waste however is recyclable, prompting Kenco to partner with recycling experts TerraCycle to set up the Coffee Packaging Brigade with an initial 100 location spaces available across the UK.

The aim is to enable local communities such as Wimbledon to come together to save as much coffee packaging waste from local landfill to be recycled, whilst raising money for good causes. The coffee packaging waste will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins.

TerraCycle and Kenco appealed for people across the UK to find suitable locations in their communities that were willing to house a Coffee Packaging collection box and apply for a space. Kim Kish arranged for the Polka Theatre on the Broadway in Wimbledon town centre to house a collection box for the Wimbledon community.

Local people are now able to drop their waste coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids off to the public access collection box at the Polka Theatre 9.30am to 4.30 pm Tuesday to Thursday and 10.00 am to 7.30 pm on Saturday’s.

Kim Kish, Head of Operations at the Polka Theatre who will administrate the collections for the Wimbledon Coffee Packaging Brigade said: "It is great that we have been able to house a collection box at the Polka Theatre on the Broadway to enable the people of Wimbledon to be one of the first communities in the UK to be able to recycle their coffee packaging waste. We have also signed up to collect on the JOHNSON’S Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade, the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade and the Tassimo TDISC Brigade. Two TerraCycle points are earned for the weight of each packaging item that is returned, with each point being redeemable for a one pence contribution.

"The money raised will be used to help upgrade the sustainable credentials of the Polka Theatre such as double glazing and draft excluding. We encourage local people to drop off all their coffee packaging waste, biscuit wrappers and baby wipes packaging of any brand and Tassimo coffee machine TDISCS back to the collection box at the Polka Theatre and tell all their friends and family to do the same. The aim is to not only save as much waste packaging from landfill as possible but also to raise as much as possible for the Polka Theatre."

The details of the Wimbledon Coffee Packaging Brigade location at the Polka Theatre on the Broadway is listed on the Coffee Packaging Brigade web page where visitors are able to search for their nearest participating location.

The Coffee Packaging Brigade looks to extend the lifecycle of everyday coffee packaging waste whilst reducing landfill proliferation. At the same time there is a knock on effect of slowing the need to extract new resources from the planet.

Emily Woodward-Smith, Assistant Brand Manager for Kenco said: "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 Wimbledon and the surrounding areas to really get behind the scheme to not only make a difference to the local environment but also to raise money for local charities."

November 21, 2013

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A recycled park bench, watering can and waste bin that can be made from coffee packaging waste saved from landfill.