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The Confectionery Recycling Programme

Recycle all brands of plastic confectionery packaging through this programme

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How to participate in this programme

You can recycle your plastic confectionery packaging in 2 different ways:

  1. By dropping off your plastic confectionery packaging at a nearby public drop-off location.

  2. By setting up your own public drop-off location

To learn more, please take a look at the "How It Works" section further down the page.

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Drop-off locations

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Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Find all participating public drop-off locations in the UK on the interactive map above.

How it works

There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) 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.

2) Set up a public drop-off location

If there are no public drop-off locations near you (within 10 miles), you can register your interest to set one up yourself. 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

*Please note that private home addresses will not be accepted as a public drop-off locations.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, 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 parcel, please, download a free shipping label via your account, attach it to your parcel and then drop it off at your local post office or post box.

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 1 kilogram.

For example:

500 grams = 0 TerraCycle® points
1 kilogram = 100 TerraCycle® points
2 kilograms = 200 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 total weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 cent.

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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