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Findhorn Residents Association scheme to increase recycling while raising funds for Marie Curie

By Jonathan Clark

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RESIDENTS in Findhorn are hoping to increase recycling in the village while raising funds for charity Marie Curie.

A collection bin is located in Findhorn Village Centre, which residents and visitors are encouraged to deposit empty medicine blister packs into.

Residents in Findhorn are taking part in the new recycling scheme.
Residents in Findhorn are taking part in the new recycling scheme.

When the bin is full, volunteers will deliver the empty packs to Superdrug pharmacy in Inverness where they will be recycled through the Little Packs, Big Impact scheme.

Organiser Fiona Thomson said: “It’s easy, it’s free and it’s a double whammy. For every blister packet collected, TerraCycle will donate points to Superdrug pharmacies to be redeemed into financial donations towards Marie Curie.

"As well as reducing landfill, anyone who pops their empty medicine packs into the recycling bin at Findhorn Village Centre will be supporting a very worthwhile charity.

We can all do our bit by doing small things that collectively can make a big difference. If every community did this, just think how much landfill we could save."

Blister packs are made of a complex mix of difficult-to-recycle materials – required to protect medicines – which are not accepted by most council recycling schemes so end up in household waste.

Superdrug pharmacies are accepting empty medicine blister packs and working in conjunction with TerraCycle, who will convert the packaging into reusable raw materials, preventing empty packets spending a lifetime in landfill.

Chairperson of Findhorn Residents’ Association, Sam Russell, said: “By making a small change and recycling empty blister packs we can help the environment.

"If everyone in the village starts saving their empty medicine packs instead of popping them into the household waste, I’m sure they will add up very quickly.”

The Findhorn Residents Association meets regularly in the James Milne Institute in Findhorn. Anyone wishing to attend will be made welcome.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/findhornresidents.

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