In partnership with the "Ring Recycle" initiative
Anyone based in mainland UK or the Isle of Wight can participate in our recycling programmes. Unfortunately people based in the following locations cannot participate at this time: the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Isles of Scilly, Jersey or Guernsey. This is due to logistical reasons but please be assured the TerraCycle® Operations Team are looking into solutions for us to provide free recycling programmes in these locations in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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 on the programme page 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:
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 up your own, you can become a private collector. Simply follow the steps below:
All flexible plastic ring carriers used to hold cans are accepted in the programme.
Waste that is NOT Accepted:
You can download the Accepted Waste Poster here.
Once you have joined The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme (by clicking the join button) and when you are ready to send a shipment, please follow these steps:
You can download as many labels as you have parcels to send. Please note that each parcel must weigh minimum 100 grams in order to earn TerraCycle points.
You can use any cardboard box to send your waste, however the box must be clean and sturdy. Once you have your box, put your waste directly in it, close it well and stick the prepaid shipping label on the box (the shipment is of course completely free).
If you have not received your points within two months after your shipment was sent, please contact us so that we can investigate it for you.
No - we do not provide any collection boxes for this programme.
Once collected, the yogurt pots are shredded and washed (if necessary). The material is then melted in order to become a usable raw material such as pellets. These raw materials can be used for a number of moulded plastic products like benches. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
You must send at least one shipment every 6 months. If you do not send a shipment within 6 months, you might be removed from the programme to allow other people to participate. If you are removed from the programme, you will receive an email notifying you about this.
TerraCycle® points are credited to the account of the public drop-off location administrator or the private collector 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.
100 TerraCycle® points will be awarded for each kilogram sent. Be careful, the points will only be awarded if the shipment weighs more than 100 grams.
To redeem your points as financial donations, a minimum of 1,000 points or £10 is required.
All points redeemed between the 1st of May and the 31st of October will be donated in December. Points redeemed between the 1st of November and the 30th of April will be donated in June.
To redeem your points for the charity or school of your choice, simply log in to your TerraCycle® account and go to the "my charities" tab. Once on this page, TerraCycle® offers 3 ways to choose a charity:
If you have chosen to donate to a charity (either by selecting an existing charity or by adding a new one), you must choose the number of points you wish to redeem (as a reminder, you must convert a minimum of 1,000 points).
Check the contents of your cart and click on "checkout" to close the transaction.
If you wish to stop collecting this waste, log in to your account, select the "my recycling programmes" tab and click on the small grey cross to the right of the name of The Ring Carrier Recycling Programme.
If you were a public drop-off administrator, please also send us an email to email@example.com so we can remove your location from the public drop-off map.