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Colchester to become one of the first 100 places to recycle coffee foil packs
3:36pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
COLCHESTER will be among the first places in the UK to offer residents the chance to recycle foil coffee packaging.
The borough has teamed up with national organisation Terracycle, which aims to keep the packaging from going to landfill.
A collection box has been put in Colchester Library, in Trinity Square.
Under the scheme, two recycling points are earned per packet. One point is redeemable for 1p, which will be paid by Terracycle to Colchester in Bloom.
Julia Havis, borough councillor for Harbour, will lead the Colchester Coffee Packaging Brigade.
She said: “It is great that we have been able to house a collection box at Colchester Library on Trinity Square to enable the people of Colchester to be one of the first communities in the UK to be able to recycle their coffee packaging waste.”
Despite being recyclable, the majority of coffee packaging currently ends up going to landfill.
The scheme is being led by coffee manufacturer Kenco and Colchester is one of 100 locations where the scheme has been launched.
Residents can leave their packets at the library between 9am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday.
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