The Bread Bag Recycling Programme

Recycle your bread bags through this programme

Participating locations
471
Available locations
329
Waste recycled
2,540,138

Recycling in partnership with Hovis®

You can recycle your bread bags in 2 different ways:

  1. By dropping them off at a public drop-off location
  2. By setting up a public drop-off location

To learn more, please take a look at the "How It Works" section further down the page.

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Important!

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

Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations

This map is constantly being updated

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

How it works

There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) Drop off your bread bags at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your bread bags.

2) Set up a public drop-off location

If there are no public drop-off locations within a 10 mile radius, you can set up your own. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Create a TerraCycle® account.
  2. Find a public place to host your collection (with the prior consent of the person in charge of the place), keeping in mind you can only have one public drop-off location per account per programme.
  3. Fill out this form to finalise your request.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.

Once you are a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location) and when you are ready to send a parcel, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a free UPS label from your account.
  2. Print the label out.
  3. Place your waste in a sturdy cardboard box that is no bigger than 60 x 60 x 50cm and a maximum weight of 20kg. 
  4. Attach the label securely to your parcel, and ensure it is easy to read. 
  5. Arrange a free pick-up for your parcel via UPS by either booking online, calling 03457 877 877 or dropping off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point.

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

What happens to this 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.

Rewards

This programme offers 150 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of bread bags​ sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 5 kilograms.

For example:

500 grams = 0 TerraCycle® points
5 kilograms = 750 TerraCycle® points
10 kilograms = 1500 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators and private collectors as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.

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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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