The Beach Plastic Recycling Programme

A recycling programme for beach clean-up organisations

Recycling in partnership with Beach Clean-up Organisations

TerraCycle® partners with cleanup organisations to keep our beaches free of rigid plastics.

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Thanks to the help of our collection partners, TerraCycle has collected over 300,000 pounds of beach plastic to date! That being said, we are putting additional collections on hold while we work on recycling the materials we've already collected. We will not be accepting new members in this programme for the time being. Please check back in the coming months, as we intend to reopen the program as soon as we can. 

How it works

This programme is currently paused while we work on recycling the materials we've already collected. 

What you can recycle in this programme

Programme accepted waste: All rigid beach plastics are accepted. "Beach" plastics are defined as any rigid plastics found along any shoreline (i.e. rivers, beaches, bays, lakes). An easy way to communicate "rigid" plastics to collectors is anything that you can't tie in a knot.

Tip to know if it is rigid plastic: If you cannot tie a knot with your plastic, then it is rigid.

Not accepted: Soft or flexible plastics like nylon rope, fishing nets, and plastic bags are not accepted through this programme at this time.

Best practices for collecting

Please do your best to sort out organic matter and pieces of waste that are clearly not rigid plastics. For example, please do not send in seaweed, barnacles, sea life, shells, tires, metal pieces, rope, or similar items.

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.

What happens to this waste

Once collected, 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.


Check out the downloadable resources below and use them to promote your clean-up activities!

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