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The Bread Bag Recycling Programme

Recycle your bread bags through this programme

Participating locations
Waste recycled

Recycling in partnership with Hovis®

TerraCycle® and Hovis® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for bread bags. This programme is currently full. You can drop-off your bread bags at public drop-off locations across the UK – find your local one here.


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We do not provide collection boxes for private collectors or public drop-off locations for this programme.

Please note that this programme is no longer accepting new participants. Please consult the map below to drop off your waste at an existing public drop-off location. 

Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations
Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Use a public drop-off location near you

View all participating public drop-off locations on the interactive map above.

A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle waste for recycling. Each public drop-off location is listed on the interactive map above. When you drop off your waste at a public drop-off location, the TerraCycle points earned for the waste are transferred to the account of the public drop-off location administrator in question, who can then donate the points to the charity of their choice.

Before you go to a public drop-off location with your waste, we advise you check the details (full address, opening hours and location of collection box at the site) and when a telephone number is listed it’s worth calling just to ensure the collection point is still active.

This map is updated when new public drop-off locations are added or removed, so we recommend you consult it in advance of each time you plan to drop off your waste.

Establish your public drop-off location

Please note this only applies to members participating in the recycling programme.

Establishing a public drop-off location will allow you to collect even more bread bags and will enable you to earn more points directly on your TerraCycle® account for the charity or the school of your choice. Where communities collect together it also means larger and more sustainable shipments of waste can be sent in for recycling. 

A public drop-off location has to be accessible for any members of your community to recycle their waste and can be set-up nearly anywhere (for example good locations for this new programme could be a local shop or a school). 

If you have found a good location to establish your local public drop-off location, simply register the site by joining the programme (click on "join programme for free" above) and by filling in this form.

How it works

There are 2 ways to participate:

1. Set up your own public drop-off location in your community. To do so, please join the programme by clicking on "Join programme for free" on the programme page and then fill in this form to complete the process.

As soon as you are a member of the programme and when you want to post a shipment, download a free UPS label from your account, attach it to your shipment and then simply order a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book a collection online here. UPS will then collect from your location. You can also drop-off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here

2. Search on the interactive map to see if you have a public drop-off location close by. If there is one, then simply take your accepted waste to the public drop-off location and drop them off during the designated hours.

What you can recycle in this programme

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the bread bags are shredded, washed and then pelletized. These pellets can be used for a number of molded rigid plastic products like benches, or used as film for products such as rubbish bags. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.


Earn points for the waste you recycle

TerraCycle® points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or a payment to the non-profit organisation of your choice. For more information about our points programme, click here.

1 TerraCycle® point is worth £0.01.

Promotions and contests

The Hovis® Heroes Contest

Recycling Programme: The Bread Bag Recycling Programme
Timeline: From August 5th 2019 and 28th September 2019
Prize: £850 worth of TerraCycle points + 1 Hovis® bread bundle
How to win: Send us as many flexible plastic bread loaf bags as possible




Hovis®, the 132-year-old well loved British brand, is excited to partner with TerraCycle® to offer a national recycling solution to improve the ease of recycling bread bags, no matter where you are in the UK. To learn more about Hovis®, click here.

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