News: Rubbish Helps Air Ambulance

Posted on 11th November 2019

Bio-Productions Helping to Raise Funds from Rubbish for Air Ambulance


Ever the eco-warrior, green manufacturers Bio-Productions, based on the Victoria estate in Burgess Hill, are encouraging their entire staff to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).


You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity.  The crisp packet recycling scheme – instigated by AAKSS volunteer and fundraiser Adam Hunter forms part of a recycling scheme set up by Terracycle and Walkers crisps, although all brands of crisp packet can be accepted, including the multipack outer packaging.


Once collected, the crisp packets are separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.


This ingenious scheme allows collectors to earn points for the waste they recycle. Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.


The crisp packets need to be collected in batches of no less than 5kg. Like-minded companies are welcome to drop off their empties at Bio-Productions or should they wish to embark on their own collection they can contact Nick Turrell, Head of Community Fundraising for AAKSS on 01634 471 900/, who will send a pre-paid label for postage.


Depending on how many packets they collect, local businesses can drop off their empties on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis to Bio-Productions Reception area and they will do the rest.


As long as you include them as part of a balanced diet and take your prescribed exercise, it means you need never feel guilty about munching your packet of crisps ever again!


HR Manager at Bio-Productions, Sara Gibb, is wholly enthusiastic about the scheme, “It’s such an easy thing to do, and when it benefits the environment and raises funds for charity to boot, what’s not to like?”

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"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."

Wendy Agate, Community Fund Raising Manager
(St Peter & St James Hospice)

"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."

Mims Davies MP, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex

"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)