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Beach Plastic Cleanup Program

This program is exclusively for rigid beach plastics.

Participating locations
351
Available locations
649

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. To send us your waste simply request a freight pickup.

SCHEDULING A FREIGHT PICKUP

All shipments must be sent through freight shipments. To coordinate a freight shipment for your rigid beach plastics, please reach out to beachplastics@terracycle.com. Please provide the address, estimated weight, and number of pallets in your email. We will supply you with bulk bags (for storing and shipping) as well as promotional support to encourage others to recycle with you.

BECOMING A DROP-OFF LOCATION

If you would like to be listed as public drop-off location, please fill out this form. We will list your location on the program page so that members of your community can contribute to your beach plastic collections.

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.

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

CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY ON JUNE 8

World Oceans Day is a global celebration of our oceans on June 8th. You can help protect our oceans by joining this Beach Plastic Cleanup Program to recycle rigid plastics collected from waterways. The World Oceans Day website provides various resources for promoting your events and activities. Click here to learn more. 


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