Drive Foot Traffic, Help Charities, and Inspire Your Community to Recycle!

Become a public drop-off location — a community hub where people can drop off their recycling.

YOU can make it easier for people to recycle!

When you become a public drop-off location, you make it easier for people in your area to recycle more. Instead of throwing away empties and packaging, they can simply collect them and then visit your location to drop them off. It’s super easy for collectors - and we make it super easy for you, too! Your location can be managed by you, or by a group and you can earn TerraCycle points to raise money for the charity of your choice.

Here’s how public drop-off locations work.

First, choose a good spot for your public drop-off location. It should be located in a popular, easily accessible area (for example: a library, community center, place of worship or retail store). The location should be open during daytime hours so people can drop off their recycling, or it can be located outside (you’ll need an outdoor, weather-resistant collection bin).

Choose which programs you want to join

The following is a list of programs you can request to join as a public drop off location:

Start recycling

The TerraCycle team will review your profile to make sure you’re eligible to become a public drop-off location. Once you’ve been approved, you will be added to the program and you can begin collecting and recycling! After your location is approved, we will publish your drop-off information on a searchable map* so that people in your area can recycle with you.
*Cigarette waste recycling program does not include a location map.

Promote your collection location!

Encourage your customers, patients, members and people in the community to recycle and use your drop-off location to help raise money for your charity. A variety of useful posters and stickers are available to help you promote your drop-off location.