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GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme

Recycle your food storage waste with GLAD®

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Recycle in partnership with GLAD®

TerraCycle and GLAD® have partnered to create the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme, a free recycling programme for GLAD® and other brands of ClingWrap, food storage bags, and food storage containers.



Thank you to everyone who participated in our GLAD® to Recycle Competition for 2019! This competition has now ended, we will announce the winners this week on the competition page.

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ACCEPTED WASTE UPDATE: GLAD® is now accepting all brands of food storage items! Download our new Accepted Waste Poster for more details.

Drop-off locations

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Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Click on the map above to find your nearest public drop-off location. There is a growing network of public drop-off locations in New Zealand giving everyone the opportunity to drop off their waste for recycling.

If your location would like to be considered to become one of our public drop-off points, you must fill in the Drop-off Application Form to begin the application process. One of the team will contact you should your application be successful.

How it works

Check out the students at Reremoana School in Auckland learning about recycling and upcycling GLAD® products with our founder and CEO, Tom Szaky!

Participating is completely free and very easy. 

Firstly, join the programme through your online account. When you are ready to send in a shipment, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Request a postage label” and follow the prompts. Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box. Ship the box to TerraCycle by dropping it off at your nearby post office. 

What you can recycle in this programme

Programme accepted waste: 

  1. GLAD® or other brand snap lock bags or freezer bags
  2. GLAD® or other brand zipslide bags   
  3. GLAD® or other brand cling wrap
  4. GLAD® or other brand polypropylene (PP) food storage containers (please note, other product packaging, such as ice cream and margarine tubs, is not accepted) 

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover foods). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.


What happens to the waste

Once collected, the cling wrap, bags and containers are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.


TerraCycle Points

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a payment of $0.02 per unit received to the non-profit organisation or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here.



Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.

Do it yourself projects

Here are some inspiring projects to show you how you can reuse your materials right at home


TerraCycle is excited to partner with GLAD® to bring a national recycling solution for GLAD® Food Storage to New Zealand. To learn more about GLAD®, click here.

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