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The KIMTECH™ Apparel Recycling Programme

Also known as the RightCycle® Programme by Kimberly-Clark Professional™

Recycle your waste with KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL™ (KCP)

TerraCycle® and KCP™ have partnered to create The KIMTECH™ Apparel Recycling Programme - the first recycling programme for disposable apparel.

Please note that a small charge applies to this programme. For more information please read the section “How it Works” and the FAQ

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Important!

This programme is only designed for users of KCP KIMTECH™ Apparel in Pharmaceutical or Bioscience Manufacturing Companies, Research Facilities or Universities. Disposable apparel that are available through retail stores and are used in household cannot be collected in this recycling programme.

How it works

Collection is easy and simply requires that used apparel are collected separately from other materials before they are then sent to TerraCycle® for recycling. Please note participants in this programme are asked to arrange and pay for the transportation costs of the pallets from their facility to the nearest TerraCycle® warehouse. For more information, please consult the FAQ.

Any UK businesses interested in participating in the programme, should click the Register Interest button below and fill in the form. A KCP™ representative will contact you in due course.

What you can recycle in this programme

KCP™ has partnered with us to create first recycling programme for disposable apparel.

Programme accepted waste: Only KIMTECH™ Branded apparel are accepted. Disposable apparel of any other brand are not accepted by TerraCycle®.  Furthermore, we cannot accept KIMTECH™ apparel that are contaminated, according to the European-wide list of wastes Regulation (AVV) as they are considered dangerous and must be disposed of properly.

Best practices for recycling

Please note we cannot accept KIMTECH™ disposable apparel that are contaminated, according to the European-wide list of wastes Regulation (AVV) as they are considered dangerous and must be disposed of properly. These include:

  • Disposable apparel, which according to AVV waste key are categorized as 15 02 02 and are contaminated by dangerous substances (E.g. chemicals).
  • Disposable apparel, which according to AVV waste key are categorized as 18 01 04 and are tainted with blood, secretions or excreta.
  • Disposable apparel, which according to AVV waste key are categorized as 18 01 03 and are fraught with reportable pathogens, if a spread of the disease is to be feared.

What happens to the waste

The items of apparel are initially stored by our logistics partner. When we’ve collected a sufficient amount of disposable apparel from all the different participating companies in the KIMTECH™ Disposable Apparel Recycling Programme, we start with the recycling process. We try to recycle the disposable apparel as locally as possible and with the available and most up-to-date technologies and infrastructures. The apparel made from PP are processed into plastic granules, which serves as a secondary raw material for new plastic products. Disposable apparel can be further processed in order to become the raw materials used to make the likes of park benches, waste bins, or watering cans. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

LEARN MORE ABOUT KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL™

KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL™ is a world-leading manufacturer of health and hygiene solutions for laboratiories and cleanrooms. Together with TerraCycle®, it has launched the first recycling programme for disposable apparel. To learn more about KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL™, click here.

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