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The Bread Bag Recycling Programme

Recycle your bread bags through this programme

Participating locations
773
Waste recycled
1,300,772

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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Important!

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 drop-off 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 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 (existing members only). To do so, please fill in this form.

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

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 3 kilograms.

For example:

500 grams = 0 TerraCycle® points
3 kilograms = 450 TerraCycle® points
4 kilograms = 600 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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