Leeds musician seeks plastic fantastic

Tim Lee with his recycled plectrums.
Tim Lee with his recycled plectrums.
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A teenage musician from Morley is appealing for the community’s help with a new recycling venture.

Young entrepreneur Tim Lee, 16, converts unwanted plastic cards into plectrums, which are then sold to guitarists all over Europe.

Tim, who plays the guitar and piano, uses a special hand-held device to cut distinctive heart shapes from the cards and make the signature plectrums.

He now hopes YEP readers will donate old store and loyalty cards to the scheme, which has seen the plectrums shipped to Lancashire and even Cyprus.

Tim is a member of Morley Community Church worship band and his idea have been supported by the congregation.

Church leaders encouraged him to increase production of the plectrums after they proved popular among fellow musicians and those learning to play instruments at the Fountain Street mission chapel.

His venture has also been backed by Morley architects Arctic Associates, who have agreed to accept donated cards at their Queen Street offices throughout August before passing them on to Tim.

“This is an imaginative project. It is literally music to our ears,” said church pastor the Rev Stephen Wright.

“The message is clear – put your old plastic cards to good use by passing them onto this enterprising young man.”

Tim is accepting all types of plastic card but for security reasons will not use credit or debit cards.

To donate old cards for recycling, place them in an envelope marked ‘cards for plectrums’ and post them through the letterbox of the Arctic Associates building.