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Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program - FAQ

Recycle skin care, hair care, and cosmetic packaging through this program.

Participating locations
20,995
Available locations
0
Waste recycled
8,217,975
Money raised
$157,242.26

Please see the below image for examples of waste that are accepted through this free recycling program. You may download this image as a useful poster by clicking here.

Personal Care and Recycling Program Accepted Waste

Personal Care and Recycling Program Accepted Waste

Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program accepted waste:

  1. Hair care packaging such as shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps
  2. Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes
  3. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils

Please Note: aerosol cans, nail polish bottles and nail polish remover bottles ARE NOT acceptable.

You may collect any brand of waste for this recycling program. Please refer to the accepted waste poster for the types of waste that are accepted.

No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it in to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the remaining product as possible before shipping. And please remember, UPS will not accept dripping packages, so make sure your waste is dry prior to shipping.

After you have joined a TerraCycle Recycling Program, you may print a free, pre-paid shipping label by going to Profile on the top right side of the website. Then click “Send Us Your Waste.” The list of free recycling programs that you are currently registered for will appear. Then select “Get Shipping Label” under the appropriate program.  Please note that you will need to be logged in to your TerraCycle account to print shipping labels.

No, your shipment can be any size. To earn the TerraCycle point donation, however, your shipment must weigh over 10 lbs. Remember, the shipment size requirement is applicable only if you would like to earn TerraCycle points.

To encourage more people to recycle with you, try using some of the resources specific to this Brigade:

You may also want to use the guides and posters found under the Tools & Resources section of the website.

We’ve interviewed some successful participants in this recycling program. Read the Spotlight Locations below to see how other locations collect for this program.

TerraCycle runs completely free recycling solutions that are made possible by our brand partners. For a complete list of our free recycling programs, click here.

To recycle your waste, all you have to do is join at least one free recycling program and start collecting the waste stream indicated on the program's page. This is when you can get your friends and family involved! The more people collecting with you the more waste you will divert from landfill.

To get started, check out our Collect, Store, and Ship Guide. This guide contains a few easy tips and tricks to starting and maintaining TerraCycle programs at your location.

Some free recycling programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation.

When you are ready to ship your waste, download a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account and affix it to your box of waste. You can then drop it off at any UPS location.

We welcome anyone from almost any organization to join in our recycling efforts! There are some practical considerations to keep in mind, however. For example, our programs are not designed to accommodate recycling centers.

TerraCycle's free recycling programs are open to all U.S. States EXCEPT for Alaska and Hawaii. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, your account will be automatically deactivated and your location will not be able to print or request labels. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have free recycling programs running in those states and territories in the future.

If you live in another country, please visit the TerraCycle World Map to see if you can recycle with TerraCycle in your country.

You will need to provide:

  1. A contact person to oversee the recycling programs at your location
  2. A valid email address

That’s it!

Please note: When you sign up for TerraCycle you need to complete one more step before you can start recycling. You have to join at least one of our Free Recycling Programs. When you join a program you can begin recycling that waste stream and earning any applicable rewards.

If for any reason you need to change or update your information, please select the “Profile” tab located on your account and then simply click "Edit My Profile". If you still need assistance or have questions please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at 1-866–967–6766 or email customersupport@terracycle.com.

For most of our free recycling programs, you can earn a TerraCycle point donation per unit of waste recycled with TerraCycle. For example, in the Drink Pouch Recycling Program you can earn approximately two TerraCycle points per drink pouch you recycle with us.

Some free recycling programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation.

There is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed to redeem for a cash donation. You can redeem your points at any time for one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or towards a cash donation to any non-profit, school, or charitable organization of your choice.

Cash donations are mailed directly to the charity in June and January. All cash donations requested between May 1st and October 31st will be disbursed in January. All cash donations requested between November 1st and April 30th will be disbursed in June.

Your TerraCycle account will not be deactivated, however, your available TerraCycle points will expire from your account if there is no activity for one year. Activity is considered to be printing a shipping label, sending in a shipment, or redeeming points.

Further, if you do not send in a shipment for six or more consecutive months in each of your free recycling programs, you may be removed from the program in order for us to allow another participant the opportunity to collect and send waste. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

If you wish for your school or charitable organization to be the recipient of a cash donation, make sure you have its Tax ID # handy. Then, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Select the “My Impact” tab on your account profile.
  3. Select “Manage Charities.
  4. Select “Add new charity."
  5. Search for your school or charity to see if it already exists in our database.
  6. If it doesn’t exist, complete the form with your school or charity’s information.

Please note: If you do not enter the correct tax ID number for your school or charity, TerraCycle will be unable to disburse payments. A federal tax ID number will be formatted XX-XXXXXXX. Please be sure that you do not have the state sales tax exempt number.

You do not have to donate your points to a school or charity in order to participate in TerraCycle programs. You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

You do not have to donate to a charitable organization to participate in TerraCycle programs.

You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

Points are not automatically disbursed to charities. You must redeem your points for a cash donation via your account in order for a check to be disbursed to the charity of your choice. If you need assistance with this, please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at 1-866–967–6766 or email customersupport@terracycle.com.

Additionally, cash donations are mailed directly to the not-for-profit, charity, or school you selected, not to the personal address listed on your account.

All cash donations requested between May 1st and October 31st will be disbursed in January. All cash donations requested between November 1st and April 30th will be disbursed in June. Please note that there is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed for each cash donation.

You can distribute your points any way that you would like. You simply have to add each charity or school that you would like to donate points.

To earn TerraCycle points, your shipments must weigh at least 10 lbs. If your shipment meets or exceeds the shipment size requirement, each piece of waste your location sends in will earn you about 2 TerraCycle points. Personal care and beauty packaging is counted based on an average unit weight of 0.05 lbs.

TerraCycle products are made either by upcycling or recycling the collected waste.

Upcycling is defined as using or valuing every aspect of waste in order to give it a new useful life.

Recycling is defined as extracting materials from one product and using them to make an entirely new product.

For a more detailed description of each of these processes, please click here.

TerraCycle products are available at www.dwellsmart.com/TerraCycle.

You can also recycle almost every type of waste through our Zero Waste Box Program. Click here to learn more.