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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.

Check out our online Beach Plastic Recycling Network on Facebook.

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Thanks to the help of our collection partners, TerraCycle have collected over 150,000 kilos of beach plastic around the world this year, exceeding our expectations! While we focus on recycling the materials we have collected so far we have put a hold on new collection partnerships.

To register your interest please click here. We will be in touch as soon as we can open up new partnerships.

If you are a current collector and need assistance, please contact us via Freephone 0800 0470 984 or [email protected].

How it works

If you are a current collector and need assistance, please contact us via Freephone 0800 0470 984 or [email protected].

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 recycling

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 the 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! 

If you would like further support to spread the word locally, our PR team are on hand to create personalised press releases and sell them into your local media. To request PR support, email [email protected].

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