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Beach Plastic Recycling Programme

A recycling programme for beach clean-up organisations

Recycling in partnership with Beach Clean-up Organisations

TerraCycle® partners with cleanup organisations to keep our beaches free of rigid plastics.

Check out our online Beach Plastic Recycling Network on Facebook.

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Important!

Thanks to the help of our collection partners, TerraCycle have collected over 60,000 kilos of beach plastic around the world this year, exceeding our expectations! While we focus on recycling the materials we have collected so far we have put a hold on new collection partnerships.

To register your interest please click here. We will be in touch as soon as we can open up new partnerships.

How it works

Participating is completely free. To arrange a delivery of an empty pallet, or a collection of a full pallet of beach plastics please click on the relevant button below. Once your request has been processed, a TerraCycle representative will contact you to confirm.

STEP 1- RECEIVE COLLECTION SUPPLIES

If you have already collected or you foresee collecting a volume of over 1m3 of rigid plastics, you will need storage & shipping supplies. To arrange a free delivery, please click on the button below. 

STEP 2 – PLAN A FREIGHT PICK UP

Once you have filled your supplies with rigid beach plastics, request a freight pick up by clicking on the button below.

What you can recycle in this programme

Programme accepted waste: All rigid beach plastics are accepted. "Beach" plastics are defined as any rigid plastics found along any shoreline (i.e. rivers, beaches, bays, lakes). An easy way to communicate "rigid" plastics to collectors is anything that you can't tie in a knot.

Tip to know if it is rigid plastic: If you cannot tie a knot with your plastic, then it is rigid.

Not accepted: Soft or flexible plastics like nylon rope, fishing nets, and plastic bags are not accepted through this programme at this time.

Best practices for recycling

Please do your best to sort out organic matter and pieces of waste that are clearly not rigid plastics. For example, please do not send in seaweed, barnacles, sea life, shells, tires, metal pieces, rope, or similar items.

While we ask that items be reasonably clean and dry, we do not require extensive cleaning and a small amount of residual organic matter is acceptable.

What happens to the waste

Once collected, each piece of plastic waste is separated by type and cleaned. The waste is then melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Resources

Check out the downloadable resources below and use them to promote your clean-up activities! 

If you would like further support to spread the word locally, our PR team are on hand to create personalised press releases and sell them into your local media. To request PR support, email press@terracycle.co.uk.

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