How can I recycle my waste for free with TerraCycle®?

You can use our free recycling programs! Our free recycling programs are sponsored by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. There are several ways you can use the recycling programs, depending on how involved you would like to be. Once you have decided what waste you would like to recycle and which recycling program it is accepted in, you can do one of the following*:

Drop off your waste at a public drop-off location

Simply go to the program page and click on the interactive map to find your nearest public drop-off location (select programs only). No TerraCycle® account is required, just be sure to check the opening hours before you drop off your waste.


Set up your own public drop-off location

If there are no public drop-off locations near you, you can set up your own. This way you’ll be able to collect lots of waste from your community and earn TerraCycle® points (when your shipment meets the minimum weight requirement) that you can redeem for donations to the schools, charities and Non-Profits of your choice! 

Collect at home as a private collector

If there are no public drop-off locations near you and you are not able to set one up yourself, you can collect at home as a private collector.

*Not all free recycling programs offer all these options; please check out the program pages for more details

To become a TerraCycle® collector and get started, please click here to create an account. Once you have filled out your registration details, you’re ready to join the free recycling programs! Please have a look at the helpful labels above the free recycling program names to easily identify, at a glance, how the program will work, for example, if there are spaces for you to join or if you will need to drop off your waste.

Don’t worry if the chosen program is full and it’s not possible to join. Please check the public drop-off location map as you will still be able to drop off and recycle your waste without joining the program on our website.

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