An Isle of Wight costume and film shop has raised more than £1,500 for local charities, including The Footprint Trust, by collecting ‘non-recyclable’ waste from the community for recycling.

Trash collected by Master of Disguise in Newport ranges from writing instruments to confectionery and cheese wrappers, plastic toys and more. This waste is not included in municipal home recycling collections and is therefore traditionally destined for landfill or incineration.

Once deposited in store, the waste is recycled by TerraCycle, the world leader in the recycling of hard-to-recycle waste.

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For every unit of waste collected, TerraCycle Points are earned and redeemed as monetary donations to The Footprint Trust, a charity specializing in helping the Isle of Wight community reduce their energy use, reduce emissions while helping people in fuel poverty stay warm.

The drop-off point was set up by Master of Disguise owners Lorraine and Robin Flux after signing up for several free TerraCycle recycling programs. These include the Pladis cookie and snack recycling program, the Cathedral City cheese wrapper recycling program, the Hasbro toys and games recycling program and the air recycling program, the house and laundry.

Thousands of units of rubbish have been collected so far, and local residents are encouraged to continue to drop off their rubbish at Master of Disguise in St Thomas’ Square, Newport to ensure it is recycled and to boost fundraising efforts. The drop-off point is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lorraine explains:

“As a community service company, we believe we have a responsibility to give everyone access to resources that help protect the planet and our island. TerraCycle’s programs play an important role in this because they allow the community to recycle items that the council does not collect.

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“We are a local business supporting a local charity and we rely on the support of the community to make this drop off location a success. We’ve already raised a lot of money for the Footprint Trust and collected a lot of trash, but we can collect more. We encourage everyone to get involved and come to the store or check out our website to learn more about the programs we collect on and start dropping off their waste.

Collected waste is sent to TerraCycle and is recycled by shredding, cleaning and turning it into plastic pellets which can then be used by manufacturers to create new generic plastic products, such as outdoor gear, reducing the need for to extract new resources from the planet.

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