Raising a cuppa to a recycling champion

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One man’s caffeine-powered recycling initiative has helped Milton Keynes to save over 56,000 pieces of waste from landfill - and has raised £1,000 for charity too.

Nine months ago George Thomson signed up to be one of the UK’s first public collection points to enable the people of Milton Keynes to recycle their Tassimo coffee machine T-DISCS and outer foil packaging, whilst raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Anyone wanting to dispose of their Tassimo packaging can drop it off in the bright red wheelie bin on the driveway of his home at 25 Cantle Avenue, Downs Barn.

George said: “Two TerraCycle points are earned for the weight of each piece of Tassimo waste that we send in for recycling, with each point being redeemable for a one penny contribution for my chosen charity.

“When we were accepted as a public drop off location I thought I might raise £50 in the first year but the response has been staggering. I am emptying the red wheelie bin and sending in shipments to TerraCycle on average a couple of times a week.

“So far I have sent in over 56,000 pieces of Tassimo waste for recycling, raising just over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in less than 12 months which is truly amazing. I’m very grateful for the support of all the local people that have been dropping off their collected waste.

“Anyone wishing to recycle their Tassimo T-DISCS and outer foil packaging simply drops the waste into the clearly marked red wheelie bin on the driveway at my home at 25 Cantle Avenue, Downs Barn MK14 7RJ which can be accessed seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I have also set up a Facebook page ‘Tassimo recycling – Milton Keynes’ where you can follow the progress of the recycling fundraising collections.”