The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme

In partnership with the "Ring Recycle" initiative

Participating locations
Available locations

How to participate in this programme

There are 3 ways to participate in The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme:

  1. Drop off your ring carriers at your nearest public drop-off location

  2. Set up a public drop-off location

  3. Become a private collector

Before clicking on the "Join programme for free" button, please take a look at the "How It Works" section below.

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Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations

This map is constantly being updated

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

How it works

There are 3 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) Drop off your ring carriers at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your ring carriers.

To learn more about public drop-off locations, please click here.

2) Set up a public drop-off location

If there are no public drop-off locations within a 5 mile radius, you can set up your own in a convenient location where you have the authorisation to do so. 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)
  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.

3) Become a private collector

If there are no public drop-off locations near you and you are not able to set one up yourself, you can become a private collector. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Create a TerraCycle® account
  2. Join the programme by clicking on "join programme for free" at the top of this page

Sending your shipment

Once you are a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location or becoming a private collector) 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 ring carriers are 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.


This programme offers 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of ring carriers sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 100 grams.

For example:

50 grams of ring carriers = 0 TerraCycle® points
100 grams of ring carriers = 10 TerraCycle® points
1 kilogram of ring carriers = 100 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.


Learn More About Ring Carrier Recycling

Every year, plastic and other items escape waste collection infrastructure and end up in landfills and our environment. We are working to put an end to this enormous waste and loss of valuable resources.
To learn more about the "Ring Recycle" initiative*, click here.

*Made possible by Hi-Cone. Working to transform trash into a resource. Encouraging recycling over waste. Together we can close the loop on recycling.

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