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Community Collection Hubs

Why collect waste individually, when you can collect as a team! TerraCycle operates a metwork of volunteers who collect waste on behalf of their community. Find out how you can get involved here.

Finding collection hubs in your area

Not every programme has drop-off locations available. You will have to review a programme’s individual page to determine if you may recycle waste in your community. Programmes that have drop-off locations are indicated by the "drop-off" tab on the free recycling programme index.

What is a Community Collection Hub?

A Community Collection Hub is a recycling station that is publicly accessible, allowing everyone to drop off specific types of waste and packaging to be recycled.

A collection hub is typically managed by a single person. This administrator is in charge of managing the drop-off location and deciding how earned points will be distributed.

Listing a Community Collection Hub

If you plan on establishing a collection station in your community, you must complete the Drop-Off Application Form to begin the application process. If your application is accepted, your location will be added tou our map.

What makes a good Community Collection Hub?

A good Community Collection Hub is easily accessible to the public and is physically located in an area that the public already interacts with on a regular basis (ex. a public library, place of worship, or retail store). The location should be open during reasonable hours so members of the public can drop off their waste.

If possible, putting a collection bin outside may be the best option for a location. You will need to provide your own outdoor, weather-resistant collection bin, but you will not have to rely as heavily on the hours of operation of the location hosting your bin.

Some good drop-off locations include your local supermarket, an independent retailer, a community center, your township library, or even your local church. All drop-off locations will be shown on a searchable map so that the people in your area can find your drop-off location(s) and drop off their waste.

More than one location can be run by the same administrator and raise funds for the same charity.

Resources & tools for collection hub administrators

Find useful posters and stickers to promote your Community Collection Hubs. Print them out and attach them to your collection bins or put them on public notice boards around your community.