Kings Nympton has emerged as a village of enthusiastic crisp eaters, to judge from the many packets already sent for recycling. Crisp packets aren’t accepted in the usual kerbside collections so resident Cedric Pulford is co-ordinating a scheme whereby packets are taken in bulk to North Devon Council’s central collection point in Barnstaple.

From there the crisp packets go to the recycling company Terracycle. The council plans to use the money raised to support a charity.

‘I’ve lost count of how many bags I’ve dropped off with the council in recent months,’ said Cedric. ‘Please keep your crisp packets coming!’

To support the scheme could hardly be simpler: just leave your contribution, in large or small quantities, on Cedric’s front doorstep (Edge House, opposite the Grove). He’ll do the rest.

Dennis Shopland, NDC’s Operational Services Manager, explained the details of the scheme and how the money will be used:  ‘Lynton House, which is our walk in customer service point, based in the town centre is the only public facing location where the general public can “drop off” their crisp packets.

‘Collected packets are sent to Terracycle and in return we are awarded points which in time can be converted to cash donations to our chosen charity, school or other non-profit organisation.


‘To date, we have not awarded any cash to anyone, although it is our intention to nominate a local primary school to benefit from monies raised so far.

‘The scheme is quite simple to operate, there are many others collection schemes available and the council are currently deciding whether to extend our involvement.


‘The Terracycle website has full details (www.terracycle.com).  You will see that private residents/properties can register in the same way NDC did. In the meantime, we are happy to receive your collected packets, knowing the proceeds will go directly to local school children.’

POLYSTYRENE – another material that can’t be collected at the kerbside – is accepted by SWM in Roundswell, Barnstaple (adjacent to Sainsburys). Any member of the public is welcome to drop off their unwanted polystyrene items there.