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The Confectionery Recycling Programme

Recycle all brands of plastic confectionery packaging through this programme

Participating locations
286

How to participate in this programme

This programme is currently full. You can drop-off your confectionery packaging at public drop-off locations across the UK – find your local one here

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Important!

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

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Find nearest public drop-off location

This map is constantly being updated

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

How it works

Drop off your plastic confectionery packaging at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your plastic confectionery packaging.

To learn more about public drop-off locations, 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 shipment, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a free UPS label from your account
  2. Print your label out
  3. Attach your label to your parcel. Please make sure you use a sturdy cardboard box which is no larger than 60x60x50cm in size. 
  4. ​Simply book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online via this link. Alternatively, 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

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

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the plastic confectionery packaging is shredded, washed and then pelletized. These pellets can be used for a number of moulded 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 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of confectionery packaging sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 8 kilograms.

For example:

4 kilograms = 0 TerraCycle® points
8 kilograms = 800 TerraCycle® points
10.5 kilograms = 1050 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are only credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators 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.

Resources

LEARN MORE ABOUT NESTLÉ®

TerraCycle® has partnered with Nestlé® confectionery, owners of household favourites including KITKAT®, MILKYBAR®, ROWNTREE’S® and SMARTIES®, to create a free recycling programme for any brand of plastic confectionery packaging. This is one of the immediate steps Nestlé® has taken to achieve their global ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

To learn more about Nestlé®, click here.  

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