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The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme

Recycle all oral care products and packaging through this programme

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Recycling in partnership with Colgate®

TerraCycle® and Colgate® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for all oral care products and packaging.

The programme operates through a network of private and public drop-off locations throughout the UK. As an individual, company, charity or school, you can either drop off your oral care products and packaging at an existing public drop-off location or either set up a public drop-off location by creating an account, clicking on "join programme for free" and finally by filling out this form. You will then be able to collect the oral care products and packaging to send them to TerraCycle® for recycling. The oral care products and packaging collection then entitles you to points that can be redeemed into financial donations to the school or charity of your choice.

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This programme is currently full for members who want to collect privately. To recycle your oral care products and packaging, we offer you two solutions: you can either drop them at an existing public drop-off location or apply to set up a public drop-off location at your home or in a public place by joining the programme and by filling out this form. Please note that you have more chances to be selected to open a public drop-off location if you live more than 5 miles away from an existing public drop-off location for this scheme.

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

Establishing a public drop-off location will allow you to collect even more oral care products and packaging 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 dental practice, a shop, a supermarket, a local hall or 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 filling in this application form

How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy. 

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

What you can recycle in this programme

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) and place all the accepted packaging in a box. If you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the oral care products and packaging are separated by polymer type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.


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 total weight of the shipment. 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.

Here is the reward this programme offers:

For example:

1 kilogram of oral care products and packaging = 0 TerraCycle® points

2 kilograms of oral care products and packaging = 200 TerraCycle® points

3 kilograms of oral care products and packaging = 300 TerraCycle® points

Please be aware, the weight of the cardboard box is not taken into account. TerraCycle® recommends public drop-off location administrators and private collectors to send more than the minimum weight to ensure points are awarded.


Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate’s Sustainability Strategy, visit To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit

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