Additional recycling options – crisp packets etc


I hold a monthly recycling drop off in Old Cwmbran for those wishing to recycle more than is taken by the council in your kerbside recycling box. To keep an eye on when the next date is, please check the events tab over on the Facebook group –

Please note that each of the following are separate collections and are sent off separately so please collect them in different piles or bags. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out about Terracycle, the company who recycles most of the items below. Items brought to the recycling drop off get sent off to Terracycle and the collector received points which equate to money for a chosen charity.

Items accepted are:
♻️ Any brand of empty crisp packets, but please ensure they are nice and flat to save on space
♻️ Any brand of chocolate and sweet wrappers
♻️ Any brand of biscuit/cake bar/cracker wrappers (including mini cheddars)
♻️ Bottle tops
♻️ Broken and used pens, highlighters, markers, correction fluid pots
♻️ Any brand of toothbrush heads and dental floss containers
♻️ Stretchy plastic
♻️ Medicine blister packs

♻️ CoStar at The Threepenny Bit in Fairwater will also take your crisp packets but if you can hold onto them and drop them to the monthly amnesty it is so helpful for both myself and CoStar.

♻️ Tesco Pontypool now also take crisp packets, chocolate and sweet wrappers, clean pet food pouches, plastic food wrappers and plastic film. They have a recycling crate at the end of the check outs.

♻️ Cwmbran Sainsburys have just announced a trial to accept the following, in addition to the stretchy plastic they already take in their recycling bins at the entrance of their store: biscuit and cake wrappers, rice and dry food wrappers, cheese wrappers, baby food pouches, microwavable pouches, pet food pouches, crisp packets, plastic or foil coffee packaging, foil confectionery wrapping, film lids from trays.


Taken from their website…”TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.”

So basically, the bigger companies who create the waste, sponsor the recycling schemes and members of the public and businesses create drop off points and send the waste to Terracycle. For each kilogram of waste sent, you receive a certain amount of Terracycle points which equates to money you can donate to a charity of your choice.

Don’t forget, traveling to a collection point to take a few items, unless you are going there anyway defeats the object of saving the planet and adds a huge carbon footprint onto the recycling. Save up as much as you can before making the journey and try tie it in with a trip to the refill station or town.