Sun. May 22nd, 2022

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Fancy dress shop raises money for local charities

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Master of Disguise, a fancy-dress and film collectable shop in Newport’s St Thomas’ Square, has raised more than £1,500 for local charity, The Footprint Trust, by collecting ‘non recyclable’ waste from the community.

The waste collected ranges from writing instruments, confectionery and cheese wrappers, plastic toys and more. This has traditionally been destined for landfill or incineration, but once dropped off with Master of Disguise, the waste is recycled by TerraCycle.

For every unit of waste collected, TerraCycle points are earned which are redeemed as donations to the Footprint Trust, which helps Islanders reduce their energy consumption.

The drop-off point was set up by the shop’s owners, Lorraine and Robin Flux, after they signed up to a number of TerraCycle’s free recycling programmes. Thousands of units of waste have been collected so far.

Lorraine said: “As a business serving the community, we feel we have a responsibility to give everyone access to resources that help protect the planet and our Island. TerraCycle’s programmes play an important role in this as they allow the community to recycle the items that the council doesn’t.

“We’re a local business helping a local charity, and we rely on the support of the community to make the drop-off location a success. We’ve already raised a great amount of money for the Footprint Trust and collected a lot of waste, but we can collect more. We’d encourage everyone to get involved and come into the shop or take a look at our website to learn more about the programmes we collect.”

The collected waste is shredded, cleaned and then turned into plastic pellets which can be used to create new plastic products, reducing the need to extract new resources from the planet.

The drop off point is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm. For more information about TerraCycle go to terracycle.com/en-GB.