Now even your coffee is green with collection

Dr Sam Ward of Arlesey Resource Centre and Emily Rowlands
Dr Sam Ward of Arlesey Resource Centre and Emily Rowlands

Green minded individuals with the taste for coffee can now do an extra bit of recycling.

A coffee packaging waste collection box has been installed in Arlesey Resource Centre.

Not only will the facility reduce the amount of waste going to landfill but it will also raise funds for Arlesey Nursery and Gothic Mede Academy.

The recycling scheme is being set up in various locations across the country but Arlesey is one of the first towns to join.

The initiative, called the Coffee Packaging Brigade, has been set up by coffee brand, Kenco, and TerraCycle.

The waste – including coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids, will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and rubbish bins.

Local resident Emily Rowlands arranged for the box to be installed. She said: “The aim is to not only save as much coffee packaging waste from landfill as possible but also to support the local schools.”

The schools will get Terracycle points, each worth a penny, in return for the waste.

Arlesey Resource Centre has also joined Ella’s Kitchen Brigade, where people can drop off used baby food pouches and the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade for used biscuit wrappers.