“How can I recycle for Chaffinch?”

“Chaffinch + Terracycle = good news for the planet and for Kibera kids, too!”

When you donate your accepted waste to Chaffinch, it is guaranteed to be recycled. No need to worry that it might end up in landfill or shipped overseas for disposal.
Keep reading to find out more about how it all works and what amazing things can happen to your rubbish…

Recycle your old makeup and personal care packaging

New research by Maybelline reveals 83% of makeup wearers would describe themselves as sustainability minded or environmentally aware – yet only 32% of those surveyed have recycled makeup before.

Take a look at the ‘accepted waste’ poster for all the different items you can donate for recycling.
Old mascara tubes? Yes, please!
That lip balm you’ve just finished? Yes, please!
Your eye shadow compacts? Yes, please!
Moisturiser tube? Most definitely!

We can’t accept glass bottles or outer cardboard packaging: please drop those into your curbside collection instead.

Items accepted: flexible tubes from moisturisers, body creams etc; mascara tubes and wands; lipstick, lipbalms and lip gloss; highlighter and bronzer sticks; eyeshadow compacts; flexible face wipe packaging; plastic and metallic tubes from ointment and creams.

Recycle your cheese packaging

Cheese film packaging is notoriously difficult to recycle due to the number of layers that are needed to wrap cheese.

That plastic composite packaging from your favourite cheese needs specialist treatment to be recycled so be sure to donate it so it won’t end up in landfill.

Items accepted: any flexible cheese pouch and packaging; protective film from sliced cheeses

Recycle your bread packaging

Bread is a common item in homes up and down the country but very little of the packaging ever gets recycled.

Whatever your favourite type of bread, we can probably accept the packaging for recycling.

Bread isn’t only common in the UK. The children we support in Kenya also like a slice! Here’s your opportunity to turn your empty bread packaging back into a loaf of bread. You’re a magician!

Accepted items: bakery item packaging including zipper bags, plastic packs and trays; bagel, croissant, and bread bags; Warburtons wax wrap.

Recycle coffee packaging and plastic ring carriers

These items might be a little less common in your home (or maybe not) but every item collected makes a difference!

Plastic ring carriers are well-known for being hazardous to wildlife. When they find their way into the environment, they can mean a death sentence for a hedgehog or other wild critter. Donate them to Chaffinch for safe, guaranteed recycling instead!

At present, the only coffee packaging we can accept is “Taylors of Harrogate”.

Accepted waste: flexible ring carriers used for multipacks of cans
Accepted waste: Taylors of Harrogate coffee pouches and coffee bag sachets.

How does my donated waste get recycled?

Thanks to Terracycle, all your donated hard-to-recycle waste can have a new life.
The videos below are produced by Terracyle and show exactly what happens to the items you donate.
NB: not all of the items shown can currently be recycled with Chaffinch.

What does my donated waste become?

The items you donate for recycling can be turned into all kinds of amazing things! These images show just a few of the items currently being made and you can check out more on Terracycle’s website. Just click here.

Images of items made by Terracycle including benches, tables, watering cans and even children's play equipment in a park

What difference does this project make?

Aside from the impact recycling has on the health of our planet, donating these items to Chaffinch has another benefit:
Every item of accepted waste is guaranteed to be recycled and every item generates funds for Chaffinch!
For every kilogram of waste Chaffinch can send to Terracycle for recycling, we receive much-needed funds.
The amount we receive varies depending on the type of waste collected.

Your waste could turn into:

  • A loaf of bread to feed children who would otherwise go hungry.
  • A pencil and exercise book allowing a child to go to school.
  • Medication to treat the killer disease, malaria.
  • And many more of life’s essentials…
Children in Kibera with school supplies purchased by Chaffinch

“Turn bread bags into loaves of bread!”

“Your empty lipstick could ‘become’ a pair of shoes for a child who has none.”

“Donating your cheese packaging could buy sanitary items that keep a girl in school!”

Children at Future Stars eating lunch

How can I donate my waste?

If you are in the York area (Chaffinch’s ‘base of operations’), donating your waste is very simple.
If you are not in the York area but would like to get involved, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and someone will be in touch to tell you more!

Collection Points in York

There are several public collection points available as venues begin to reopen:

  • Visioncare Optometry, YO24 4LZ (currently bread packaging only please);
  • Foxwood Community Centre, YO24 3HY;
  • 36 Calf Close, Haxby, YO32 3NS;
  • 5 Ryemoor Road, Haxby, YO32 2GX;

Click on the icons on the map to see details of opening hours etc. for each location.

Other options may be available within the York area. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page for further details.

I have questions. Tell me more!

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about getting involved with this method of fundraising, please fill out our contact form and someone will get back to you very soon.
Whether you’d like to get involved from your own location outside York, or have a query about how the process works, we’d love to hear from you!

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