Become a public drop-off point

Would you like to see your community recycle more? You can start your own TerraCycle public drop-off point—a community hub where people can drop off their trash to be recycled through TerraCycle’s free recycling programs.

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Our Drop-Off Point Network

Thanks to our dedicated network of collectors, we have TerraCycle drop-off points throughout the nation. Check the map above to discover drop-off locations near you—and see if your community needs you to start a drop-off point! It’s simple to start and manage a drop-off point. As the administrator, you’ll choose the location, select which free recycling programs to participate in, manage your drop-off point, and send collected waste to TerraCycle (with prepaid shipping labels) to be recycled. Share duties among a group of friends so it’s even easier!

Why Start a Drop-Off Point?

Starting a drop-off point is easy! The steps to send in recycling from your drop-off point are the same as if you were to collect privately. Plus:
•Your convenient drop-off point will encourage your community members to recycle trash that would otherwise end up in landfills.
• By combining your trash with that of your community members, you’ll be able to send in larger shipments that are more efficient to transport and process, further reducing your carbon footprint.
​• You’ll earn all the TerraCycle points for the waste you send in from your drop-off location.

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How to start a drop-off point

First, choose a good spot for your public drop-off point. It should be located in a popular, easily-accessible area (for instance, a library, a community center, a place of worship, or a retail store). Unless you own or manage the location, make sure you have permission to set up the drop-off point. You will need to set up a collection box. The location should be open during daytime hours so people can access the collection box.

How to Get Started

Update Your Profile

Sign in to your TerraCycle account and update your profile with details about your drop-off point.

Request to Join

Go to the page for the program you are interested in. Request to join as a public drop-off point. (It’s still free, but a different process than individual sign up.)

Review Eligibility

TerraCycle will review and quickly respond to your requests to join programs.

Start Recycling

Once approved, your location will be added to the public map. People can now recycle at your drop-off point!

Choose Programs to Join

As the administrator, you get to choose which TerraCycle free recycling programs your drop-off point participates in. Join as few or as many as you’d like.
Colgate® Oral Care Free Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Colgate® Oral Care Free Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Recycle all brands of used or empty oral care products and packaging through this program.

Taco Bell® Sauce Container US Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Taco Bell® Sauce Container US Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Recycle all brands and types of empty sauce packets and containers

Drink Pouch Free Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Drink Pouch Free Recycling Program (Drop-Off)
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Recycle all drink pouches through this program

Promote your drop-off point

Encourage your customers, patients, members, and community to recycle and use your drop-off point to help raise money for your charity. Useful posters and stickers are available to help you promote your drop-off location.