Scheme to turn coffee into cash

Alison Walsh and Marion Young at the library
Alison Walsh and Marion Young at the library

TWO Whitby groups are hoping to turn caffiene into cash as part of a new fund-raising initiative in the town.

A nationwide recycling scheme has been set up by Kenco and Terracycle and Whitby is one of the first places to try it out and help Glaisdale Playgroup and St Hedda’s RC Primary School at Egton Bridge at the same time.

People are being to take empty coffee jars and packaging to a Coffee Packaging Brigade Collection Point which has been set up at Whitby Library instead of it being sent to landfill.

Points are earned for the weight of waste collected and converted into pennies which will be split between the two groups.

The coffee packaging waste will be recycled into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins.

Alison Walsh, a parent who organises Glaisdale Playgroups recycling collections with TerraCycle arranged for the library get involved with the scheme.

She said: “It is great we have been able to house a collection box at Whitby Library to enable the people of Whitby to be one of the first communities in the UK to be able to recycle coffee packaging waste.

“Money raised will be split equally between Glaisdale Playgroup and St. Hedda’s RC Primary School who will use it for craft materials, play sand and playground equipment.

“We encourage local people to drop off all their coffee packaging waste and tell all their friends and family to do the same. The aim is to not only save as much coffee packaging waste from landfill as possible but also to raise as much as possible for both Glaisdale Playgroup and St. Hedda’s RC Primary School.”

Drop off coffee refill bags, coffee bean bags, single serving coffee sachets and coffee jar lids the library Monday, 9.30am-5pm; Tuesday, 9.30am-7pm; Thursday, 9.30am-5pm; Friday 9.30 am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am-1pm.