The Short Answer
You can’t recycle Pringles cans in the UK in your kerbside recycling collection (as of January 2020) but you can drop them off at a Terracycle Pringles recycling point.
What’s the Future Plans for Pringles Cans?
Kellogg Company has recently expanded its Global Sustainability Commitments to include a goal of working toward 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025.
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So What Can You Do Now?
Either go to the Terracycle website, find your nearest drop off point (if there is one) and drop off your cans OR give up the Pringles until the packaging is fully recyclable or compostable.
Addicted to Pringles?
Check out the Ingredients:
Dehydrated Potatoes, Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Corn), Rice Flour, Wheat Starch, Corn Flour, Emulsifier (E471), Maltodextrin, Salt, Yeast Extract, Yeast Powder, Colour (Annatto)
(Some flavours also contain Monosodium Glutamate)
Pringles are made of less than 42% potato and contain a potent mixture of fat, salt and sugar.
This is the nutritional value of Pringles:
|Typical Values||/100 g||/30 g||RI* /30 g|
|Energy:||2153 kJ||646 kJ|
|–||514 kcal||154 kcal||8%|
|Fat:||33 g||9.9 g||14%|
|of which saturates||3.6 g||1.1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrate:||51 g||15 g||6%|
|of which sugars:||1.2 g||0.4 g||0%|
|Fibre:||2.7 g||0.8 g||–|
|Protein:||4.0 g||1.2 g||2%|
|Salt:||1.3 g||0.40 g||7%|
|*Reference intake of an average adult (8 400 kJ/2000 kcal)||–||–||–|
The recommended portion size of 30g is about 13 crisps and you are probably going to eat WAY more than that so that’s a lot of saturated fat. (Did I say probably – let’s face it – you ARE going to eat more than 13 crisps!)
So there’s just two good reasons to ditch the Pringles – a snack that’s high in fat and difficult to recycle the packaging!
Thanks for reading my blog and make this the year you re-use and recycle!