Plastic recycling scheme keeps ambulance flying

Plastic recycling scheme keeps ambulance flying

Wiltshire locals Sam and Lesa Snook are collecting coffee pods and baby food pouches to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and they want more people to get involved.

Since 2014, Sam and Lesa have sent more than half a million Tassimo T-DISCS and baby food pouches as part of the Tassimo and EllaCycle recycling programmes.

Sam and Lesa’s efforts have resulted in more than £6,000 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“I lost a friend and the Wiltshire Ambulance played a big part and it was my way of giving something back to them,” Sam said.

Sam realised Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a registered charity relying on public donations to keep going.

“For me that became a real big thing, I’m thinking ‘hang on’, they are another emergency service so we need to keep them flying.”

At first the project was on a very small scale among family and friends, then they decided to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“It grew rapidly, beyond our wildest dreams actually, almost turning into a full-time job,” Sam said.

“We are raising money for a great cause, but equally saving a lot of plastic going into land spill.

“I think that’s what’s really given the project a real boost in the past 18 months.”

Sam and Lesa are managing 45 drop-off points across Wiltshire and two main hub sites in Salisbury and Swindon.

Tesco in Salisbury is housing one of the sites, and another site is located at the Orbital in Swindon.

Recycle For Wiltshire Air Ambulance is always looking for more volunteers.

To get involved,  visit their Facebook page or call Sam Peters on 07900 933381.

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