GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme - FAQ

Recycle your food storage waste with GLAD®

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You can send a maximum of 25kgs in one go, but there is no limit to how much you can recycle on-going! To earn TerraCycle points though, you must send a minimum of 2 kg each time. In fact we encourage participants to send in as many as possible in one shipment as this helps to improve the environmental impact of the program, so why not team up with your friends or neighbours and donate via your local childcare centre or children's playgroup or kindergarten.

You can download a standard pre-paid postage labels by following the instructions below:

  1. Sign into your account using your registered user name and password (or if you’re already signed in click on your name at the top right hand side of the homepage to view your account)
  2. Click on the red “CREATE FREE POSTAGE LABEL” button
  3. Choose the GLAD® Food Storage Brigade from the dropdown menu
  4. Click on “CLICK AND LABEL WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU” – an image of your postage label will be emailed to you
  5. Select “print” in your file menu and print directly to your printer
  6. Attach the label to your box and drop it off at your local post office or post box.

Please note, if you don't have immediate access to a printer you can print your labels at a later time as the label is also emailed to you. Please print and stick on the label as is. Don't photocopy your mailing label or cut out or edit any part of the label. Each label you download has a unique barcode that can only be accepted by our system once and is how we credit your account for the money you raise for charity.

Nope! You will be able to request pre-paid New Zealand Post shipping labels from our website through your online account. This will bring your GLAD Food Storage® collections back to our facility to be recycled into TerraCycle products! You win and the environment wins!

No. Each individual and organisation, including schools or student groups at a school, can only have one GLAD Food Storage Brigade® account. Any additional accounts will be suspended.

To recicve donation points your shipment must meet with the minimum shipment size of 2 Kg. You can redeem your points at any time for a cash donation (account transfer or cheque) to any non-profit or charitable organisation, including schools. Please keep in mind that there is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed for a cash donation. Cash donations are transferred directly to the charity, twice a year in July and January. All cash donations requested between 1 May and 31 October will be disbursed in January. All cash donations requested between 1 November and 30 April will be disbursed in July.

TerraCycle collects thousands of units of waste a day – in order to keep track of the waste we count all the shipments received using an average weight. We establish an average weight for each waste stream (food pouches, oral care waste etc.) collected through a programme – your account will be credited based on the weight of the package sent in and weighed at TerraCycle facilities, not on individually counted units. Each item your location sends in will earn 2 TerraCycle points or $0.02 to the non-profit of your choice. Food storage products will be counted based on weight, using 0.025kg as the average weight of one item. However, please note, only shipments weighing 2kgs or more of accepted food storage waste will receive the TerraCycle point donation.

For example, for a 2kg parcel sent to TerraCycle, your location will be awarded TerraCycle points for the equivalent of 80 food storage units collected (at 0.025kg/unit - the average unit weight) and your account will be credited 160 points equivalent to $1.60 to be donated to your favourite school of not-for-profit.

Yes. You can select, add or change your preferred charities via your account on the TerraCycle website. Simply log into your account at and click on the "MY IMPACT" tab.
To add a new preferred charity to your account, please select the "Manage Charities" link.
Please note that during the cheque out process when redeeming points, you will also be given a chance to update or change your preferred charities. You can also free phone 0800 474 016 or email us with the charity name, address and contact person via [email protected]

Sign into the TerraCycle website. Once you are signed in, click the Profile Tab and simply edit your account information. If you require any further assistance our customer support team will be happy to help you.
Contact us via [email protected] or free phone 0800 474 016.

Signing up is free and easy. Simply create an account on our website Then select the ‘GLAD Food Storage Brigade’ and follow the prompts.
You will need to provide:
1) a contact person to oversee the Brigade at your location
2) a valid email address
3) a valid mailing address.You can start collecting straight away!

We welcome anyone in New Zealand to join in our recycling efforts! Why not get together with friends, colleagues, your child’s playgroup or school to collect as much as possible. You can download a poster to advertise the programme on the GLAD Food Storage Recycling Programme page. Remember, together we can help eliminate waste and help save millions of food packaging from entering our landfills.

GLAD Food Storage Brigade Accepted Waste:

  1. GLAD® or other brand snap lock 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 ensure your used packaging is free of any food or liquid residue before placing it in your collection box.

Please note: This program accepts food storage products only, other forms of product packaging such as ice cream tubs, margarine tubs and other items are not accepted in this program.

To unsubscribe from the TerraCycle programme, please log into your account on the TerraCycle website. Select the “Collection Programmes” tab under your "Profile" and click on the cross in the top right hand corner of the programme you wish to unsubsribe from.  Can’t find what you’re looking for? We’re happy to help. Please contact our customer support team via [email protected] or free phone 0800 474 016.