Tim’s fantastic plastic!

Tim Lee, 16, making plectrums from recycled plastic cards
Tim Lee, 16, making plectrums from recycled plastic cards

A teenage Morley musician has asked for the community’s help towards a recycling venture with a difference.

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

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

The small pieces are used by musicians to pluck the strings of a guitar, protecting the fingers.

He now hopes that Morley Observer readers will donate old store and loyalty cards to the scheme, which has seen the plectrums in demand at home and abroad.

As well as helping Morley Community Church encourage other young guitarists to take up the hobby, he has also sent a batch to students at Capernwray College in Lancashire and a quantity have been shipped to Cyprus.

Tim’s idea has been supported by the church, where he is a member of the worship band, and they 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. The message is clear - put your old plastic cards to good use by passing them onto this enterprising young man,” said Morley Community Church pastor the Rev Stephen Wright, who is also a keen musician.

Tim is accepting all types of plastic card - such as those used for collecting points of store cards - but for security reasons will not use credit or debit cards.

Anyone wishing to donate old cards for recycling should place them in an envelope marked ‘cards for plectrums’ and post them through the letterbox of the Arctic Associates building opposite the Scatcherd Park gates on Queen Street,