New 'Keep Haverhill Recycling' group aims to do exactly as its name suggests
More than 100 people dropped off hard-to-recycle items at the first collection day to be held by a new eco-friendly initiative in Haverhill.
Keep Haverhill Recycling, which was set up by Haverhill resident Nick Keeble, held its first community collection last Friday and Saturday on Haverhill Market and received items from more than 100 people.
Nick started the project in response to the public’s interest in a Facebook post he made about recycling medicine blister packs.
Public interest led to him looking into other plastics that cannot be put in the blue bin and how Haverhill residents could recycle them.
Nick said: “I went home with five black sacks of crisp packets, a huge quantity of medicine blister packs, lots of toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes and 25kg of batteries amongst other things.
“Many people came up to talk about the problems they have
with recycling and I hope that the project will help to solve some of these problems.”
Nick has signed up to the TerraCycle social enterprise, whic offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help people collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste.
It means empty toothpaste. tubes will, for example go to Colgate, and empty crisp packets go to Walkers
The Keep Haverhill Recycling Facebook page already has almost 450 followers and Nick hopes the project will grow.
“We are out on the market again on 21 and 22 May and would like to double the number of people visiting the stall. I am looking at adding a few things to the collection point and will be posting news on the Facebook page as we go.”
Volunteers have offered to help on the stall but Nick hopes more people will join in. He is looking to make contact with schools, businesses and pharmacies to increase the awareness of what the stall collects.