Learn how TerraCycle® uses a circular approach to process what you collect.
Through years of research and a bit of creativity, TerraCycle® has proven nearly everything on Earth can be effectively recycled.
Without our free recycling programmes, the products and packaging would ultimately end up in landfill or as litter in the environment. Thanks to collectors like you, we are able to collect, sort and recycle the products and packaging into materials which can be used to create new products! Together we’ve proven it is possible to recycle, upcycle, or reuse nearly everything.
When we receive a new type of typically hard-to-recycle waste, our Research & Development team uses scientific tests to learn how it can be broken down and best reintegrated into the manufacturing supply chain.
These sorted materials in their new, deconstructed formats, such as recycled plastic pellets, fibres, and metal alloys, can then be used instead of new, ‘virgin’ material in manufacturing. If you are an organisation interested in finding a closed-loop solution, click here.
Plastic is all around us. Some types of plastic are accepted in kerbside collections offered by local councils. However, other types are more difficult to find a standard, local solution for and this is due to a number of reasons, including complexity, size, high collection costs, or lack of value in the council recycling system.
At TerraCycle®, we view all material as recyclable and collect virtually every kind of plastic.
Once your parcels of waste are sent to TerraCycle®, we sort your items by material type - such as #1 (PET), #2 (HDPE), #5 (PP) - so that the appropriate technology and processes are used to recycle the material.
The sorted plastics are processed to transform them for sale to manufacturers. This is where your collected waste gets shredded, melted down, perhaps combined with other additives, and turned into a usable raw material format like pellets or powder.
These converted plastics are then melted, moulded, and extruded or injected into the manufacturing supply chain to become new, durable products made from items we use every day!
Plastic is only the beginning! Here are some of the many ways we process different materials: