Resource Use

Charity recycling initiative reports record collection rates

Recycling initiative Foil for Snappy, which collects aluminium packaging across the York area, has announced record annual collection rates for aluminium packaging volumes.

aluminium packagingThe initiative collected 5,482kg of recyclable material in 2020, which included 2,843kg of aluminium foil and 1,459kg of aluminium drinks cans.

The scheme asks local residents to donate aluminium packaging, to avoid it being sent to landfill. Foil for Snappy recycles the material collected which is sold on to raise money for The Snappy Trust, which supports children and young adults with wide-ranging disabilities.

Collection points, which collect all types of aluminium foil, aluminium drinks cans and household cables, are available at local offices, schools and community centres, as well as at two household waste recycling centres (HWRC).

Foil for Snappy took over the collection of foil at the Hazel Court and Towthorpe HWRCs in York in 2020, to ensure aluminium continued to be recycled when the previous service provider could no longer continue.

Rick Hindley, executive director of aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro, commented: “Record rates are great news for Foil for Snappy – Karen’s fundraising efforts are truly inspirational.

“However, while volumes have been high, a significant proportion of the donations were unfortunately unsuitable for recycling, consisting of mostly plastic laminate and bonded paper packaging.

“This highlights why it’s so important to take care when separating materials for recycling – not only to prevent contamination, but to maximise recycling rates.”

Karen Nash, founder of Foil for Snappy, added: “We are delighted to have seen such an impressive increase in the amount of aluminium collected by Foil for Snappy.

"With material arriving at our supermarket car park collection bins or directly to my front door throughout the pandemic, I would like to personally thank local residents for supporting the scheme and helping to raise much needed funds for The Snappy Trust.”