Bourne Toys' green recycling scheme for unwanted plastics and aluminium raises money for Don't Lose Hope, Little Miracles and Air Ambulance
If the festive season leaves you drowning in plastic then a town business can help.
Bourne Toys, based in Victor Way, recycles many plastics normally destined for landfill through several recycling schemes, and turns it into cash donations for charities.
The family business currently supports Bourne-based Don't Lose Hope and the South Kesteven branch of Little Miracles, and since starting the scheme two years ago, more than £2,000 has been raised through the Terracycle scheme.
"There are various different schemes that we collect on, sponsored by large companies," explained shop owner Melanie Barber.
"When we have around 10kg of plastic on a specific scheme we send it to Terracycle and we get points that can be turned into cash donations to charities of our choice."
"We have signed up for as many as we can to make it a one-stop shop to get as many people involved as possible. "
The extensive list of items suitable for Terracycle includes toothpaste tubes, crisp packets, bread bags, tooth brushes, make-up packaging, roll-on deodorants, shampoo bottles, cheese wrappers, phone cases and pens.
It became so popular, Melanie enlisted the help of three volunteers - her 14-year-old daughter and two school friends who give up four hours every Saturday morning.
They have also set up a scheme with Bourne-based Enva plastics to collect type 2 plastic which raises between £150 and £250 per ton, with proceeds going to the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.
This includes milk bottles, shampoo bottles, laundry detergent bottles, talc bottles and many more.
Stamps, batteries and ink cartridges, are also collected and exchanged for donations to charity, as is aluminium such as drinks cans, foil, and cake and mince pie cases.
The shop is open until Christmas Eve, and then from Tuesday, January 4, but normal opening hours are 9am to 3pm from Monday to Wednesday, and 9am until 5pm from Thursday to Saturday.
Recycling should be sorted or bagged into separate schemes before being taken in.