New pet food recycling initiative launched at Charter Vets

Turn your plastic pet food bag into a park bench thanks to a new pet food recycling initiative at Charter.

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new pet food packaging recycling initiative available at all of our North Devon practices. With immediate effect, customers who purchase any of the Hill’s pet food range can now return the plastic packaging, which is not currently recyclable through normal household waste collections, to their local Charter Vets for recycling completely free of charge.

The initiative received full support from manufacturers of the pet food, Hill’s, who are working collaboratively with Charter on this project.

Charter Vets Director, Dave Tittle BVetMed CertVA GPCert(WVA&CPM) MRCVS commented:

“When the idea was put to us by our team, we didn’t have to think twice and we are delighted have the backing of Hill’s too. Plastic waste is an ever-increasing problem and as a business, taking responsibility for the waste generated by the food we sell is something positive and proactive we can do. Providing our clients with a solution to the challenge of recycling their pet food packaging is a step in the right direction and one we hope will be well utilised.”

The scheme, which is being run using a Zero Waste Box through innovative recycling company Terracycle, will see the packaging turned into small plastic pellets once the material is free of any food residue. The pellets will then be converted into useful items such as park benches, furniture and fence posts. 

Waste we can accept:

  • Wet pet food pouches

  • Dry pet food flexible plastic packaging

  • Flexible plastic pet treat bags

Please ensure all packaging is clean, dry and free of any food residue. We are unable to accept and packaging still containing food residue.

Waste we cannot accept:

  • Cardboard packaging

  • Pet food cans

  • Plastic bottles

  • Paper packaging

  • Hard plastic packaging

What to do next…

This scheme is open to any Hill’s pet food purchased from any Charter Vets location.

  • Once the packet is empty, please remove any food residue, rinsing and drying small food pouches. We are unable to accept any packaging that still contains traces of food.

  • Take it to your local Charter Vets.

  • The Zero Waste Box currently lives in the reception area at Charter Veterinary Hospital, Charter Court, Roundswell  EX31 3FG but all other Charter Vets locations will have a drop off site – the team at the reception desk will be able to help you. 

Charter Vets are working in collaboration with Hill’s Pet Food to introduce this recycling scheme. Hill’s offer a wide range of high quality, nutritionally balanced diets optimised to cater for the specific needs of every pet. We stock a range of Hill’s pet food at Charter and would be delighted to offer  free nutritional advice for anyone wishing to utilise the benefits of a Hill’s diet for their pet. We offer a full refund ‘taste guarantee’, ongoing monitoring of your pet’s diet and every sixth bag free of charge!

If you are interested in trying Hill’s pet food, please contact us or pop into your local Charter Vets, where we can give you a £5 trial voucher to use against your first purchase.