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Beach Plastic Cleanup Program

This program is exclusively for rigid beach plastics.

Participating locations
247
Available locations
753

Recycling in partnership with Beach Cleanup Organizations

TerraCycle® wants to partner with your beach cleanup organization to keep our beaches free of rigid plastics.

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Important!

Since this program is currently in a pilot phase, a TerraCycle representative must review your information to determine whether you qualify to participate. In most instances, you or your organization will be approved within one or two business days.

However, in some circumstances you may be contacted by a TerraCycle representative to verify your intention to recycle rigid beach plastics. For more information, please review the FAQ.

And please note, by participating in this program, you are agreeing to our Beach Plastics Cleanup Program Agreement.

How it works

Participating is completely free and there are two simple ways to send us your waste.

1. UPS GROUND SHIPPING

You may ship individual boxes that weigh less than 150 lbs by downloading a free UPS shipping label. To have a label emailed to you, log in to your TerraCycle account and click "SEND US YOUR WASTE" at the top of this page. You can also access a shipping label on your TerraCycle account profile page.

NOTE: Packages sent through UPS Ground Shipping have size limitations. Please refer to this page to ensure your package qualifies for UPS Ground Shipping.

2. SCHEDULING A FREIGHT PICKUP

If you have, or anticipate having, hundreds to thousands of pounds of rigid plastic, you must request a freight pickup from TerraCycle. Fill out the form located below (also located under the Resources section of this page) and send to shipping@terracycle.com. Once processed, a TerraCycle representative will contact you to arrange a pickup time.

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: All rigid beach plastics are accepted. Rigid "beach" plastics are any rigid plastics found along any shoreline (i.e. rivers, beaches, bays, lakes). Please review the "Best Practices" below for more information. 
Please note: Styrafoam is NOT accepted.

Best practices for recycling

Please do your best to sort out organic matter and pieces of waste that are clearly not rigid plastics. While we ask that items be reasonably clean and dry, we do not require extensive cleaning and a small amount of residual organic matter is acceptable.

And please note, we are only accepting rigid plastics. Soft or flexible plastics like nylon rope, fishing nets, and plastic bags are not accepted through this program at this time.

Lastly, UPS will not ship dripping packages, so all waste must be completely dry and/or placed into a plastic bag prior to shipping.

What happens to the waste

Once received at a TerraCycle facility, each piece of plastic waste is separated by type and cleaned. The waste is then melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Resources

Use the Freight Shipping Request Form to send us your waste if you have collected over 150 lbs. Complete the form and send to shipping@terracycle.com to schedule a pickup.

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