Community group finds new use for old telephone box with dental recycling initiative

Holcombe Rogus Recycling Phone Box

Posted on: 14 March 2019

A community-led recycling project has been launched in a telephone box in Holcombe Rogus.

Tiverton Area Communities Transition logoLocal members of Tiverton Area Communities Transition (TACT), have set up a collection point for dental products that are not currently recyclable via kerbside collection.

The scheme accepts the following products from any dental hygiene brand:

  • Empty toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Toothbrushes
  • Packaging for toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste cartons
  • Electric and battery toothbrush heads

TerraCycle logoOnce the box is full, the local volunteers will send the contents to TerraCycle, who run a number of free recycling programmes for products that are more difficult to recycle.

Tess Wiltshire of Holcombe Rogus, said:

“We are hoping to add different types of recycling to our Telephone Box collection point in the near future.”

Sandra Newing-Griffiths, Mid Devon District Council’s Recycling Officer, said:

“It is brilliant to see local communities so involved in promoting recycling. I particularly love that it has given a new purpose to an old telephone box.”

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