Centrifuge Tubes and Rigid Lab Plastics - Zero Waste Box

Use this box to recycle centrifuge tubes and rigid lab plastics

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Use this box to recycle any brand and type of rigid lab plastics including centrifuge tubes, plastic bottles, trays, vials and beakers.

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We do not collect any hazardous waste containing substances with toxic, reactive, corrosive, infectious, flammable, explosive properties or harmful to human health and the environment. Please make sure that you do not mix hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste. As the waste producer, it is your responsibility to classify the waste. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

How it works

Please choose the size box you'd like to purchase. When you receive your box fill it with the appropriate waste streams. Once full, bring your box to any UPS location or schedule a collection to ship your items back to TerraCycle using the pre-paid UPS shipping label which is already affixed to your box. When we receive your box, we'll safely recycle all of the collected materials.

What happens to the waste?

The collected waste is mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, fibres, and plastics. Metals are smelted so they may be recycled. The fibres (such as paper or wood based products) are recycled or composted. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletisation to be moulded into new recycled plastic products.

Accepted waste

Please send us any brand and type of rigid lab plastics: centrifuge tubes, plastic bottles, trays, vials and beakers.

Please do NOT...

Do not send in:

  • Tubes and rigid lab plastics that are contaminated with materials considered hazardous or dangerous, according to the European-wide list of wastes Regulation (AVV)
  • Hazardous waste (sharp, flammable, reactive, corrosive, ignitable, toxic, infectious or pathogenic) which presents a danger to the environment, or to people
  • Batteries, pressurized canisters, broken glass and medical waste

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. paint from paint tubes). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping.

Help make this nationally recyclable

We work with brand partners to create recycling solutions that enable consumers to recycle their products and/or packaging for free. If you represent an eco-minded company and are interested in working with us, please contact customersupport@terracycle.co.uk.

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