Walkers Crisps make 11 million packets of crisps a day. That makes for a lot of waste plastic.

Following a petition in which 330,000 people called for action on packaging, the company has announced it will introduce a recycling scheme

It comes after campaigners began posting the packets – a combination of plastic and foil – back to Walkers, causing Royal Mail to issue a plea for people not to send them without envelopes.

From December, people will be able to use envelopes to post empty packets directly to a recycling company for free.

Walkers has also pledged to make all their packaging 100 per cent recyclable or biodegradable by 2025.

Geraint Ashcroft from Pontypridd, who started a petition calling for Walkers to take action, and which amassed more than 330,000 signatures, said: “Today’s announcement by Walkers is really exciting, and I hope other snack companies get on board.

“This is a great first step and makes all the work that’s gone into the petition worthwhile. But Walkers still have a lot to do to meet their pledge of making their packaging fully recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.”

Walkers said its packets are technically recyclable, but until the scheme begins they are not separated or collected for recycling.

The company said its partnership with recycling firm TerraCycle was “the UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets”, and any brand of crisp packets – not just Walkers – would be accepted.

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