This program is exclusively for rigid beach plastics.
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.
Participating is completely free. To send us your waste simply request 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.