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McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme - FAQ

Recycling in partnership with McVitie's®

Participating locations
2,539
Available locations
61
Waste recycled
3,426,036
Money raised
£92,110.31

Every item of waste received by TerraCycle through our Free Recycling Programmes will be recycled into new products.

When we receive your biscuit wrappers we store them at our UK warehouse until we’ve collected a large enough quantity to process the plastic by cleaning and shredding it into small pieces which can be recycled into cool new products like park benches.

Yes. You can select or change the charity through the TerraCycle website. Simply log into your account at www.terracycle.co.uk and click on PROFILE. Then select the “My Impact” tab through your profile and select “add new charity” to fill out all necessary charity information. Please note: Whichever charity you have listed on your account on April 30th and October 31st will be the beneficiary of the funds earned on your account. You can also call 0800 0470 984 or email our Customer Support Team with the charity name, address, contact person and the registered charity number.

You must redeem your points for a cash donation via your account in order for a cheque to be sent to the charity of your choice. Please note: there is a minimum of 1,000 points or £10 needed for each cash donation. Cash donations are mailed DIRECTLY to the charity, twice a year in June and December. All cash donations requested between 1st May and 31st October will be sent out in December. All cash donations requested between 1st November and 30th April will be sent out in June.

There is no minimum shipment size on the McVitie's Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme.

You can redeem your points at any time towards a variety of charitable gifts or a cash donation (cheque) to any UK based non-profit or charitable organisation, including schools.

Please keep in mind that there is a minimum of 1,000 points or £10 worth required for a cash donation. Cash donations are mailed directly to the school or charity, twice a year in June and December.

All cash donations requested between 1st May and 31st October will be sent out in December. All cash donations requested between 1st November and 30th April will be sent out in June.

Please log into your account on the TerraCycle website. Select the “PROFILE” tab and then “COLLECTION PROGRAMMES“ and you will see a grey X to the right of each programme.

You are able to send up to 70kg biscuit of wrapper packaging per shipment on the downloadable label. The shipment dimensions allowed are 419 cm in length and girth combined.Up to 270 cm in length.  

You can download standard postage labels by following the instructions below:

Sign into your account using your registered user name and password
Click on PROFILE at the top right hand side of the homepage
Click on "SEND US YOUR WASTE"
Underneath the McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme select "GET SHIPPING LABEL"

Select “print” in your file menu and print directly to your printer.


When you want to post a shipment, attach the printed label it securely onto the shipment.We recommend using any old cardboard box – which can be obtained from your local supermarket or home deliveries Then simply order a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877, and UPS will collect at your location. You can also drop-off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here


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.

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 (biscuit wrapper packaging, writing instruments, TDISCS etc) collected through a Free Recycling Programme and weigh packages when we receive them at our warehouse.

Your account will be credited based on the weight of the package sent in, not individually counted units.

The average unit weight for one unit in the McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme® is 2.4g.

Each TerraCycle point can be redeemed for a payment of £0.01 to the UK based charity or school of your choice.

You can send your biscuit wrapper packaging back using any envelope or box you have available. The allowed maximum weight per shipment is 70 kg.

Select your envelope or box, place your biscuit wrapper packaging inside, seal it, tape your label to the package and then simply order a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877, and UPS will collect at your location. You can also drop-off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here

No, all shipping is free! All postage costs are paid for by McVitie’s and TerraCycle. The UPS shipping labels we provide are prepaid and ready to use.

Please make sure to create a new label for each package you send in. 

Sign into your account on the TerraCycle website,and click the Profile Tab. Simply edit your account information. If you require any further assistance our customer support team will be happy to help you. Contact them on customersupport@terracycle.co.uk or 0800 0470 984.

No. Each individual and organisation, including schools or student groups at a school or university, can only have one McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme® account. However, more than one collector can benefit a single school or charity. If you have any questions please contact customersupport@terracycle.co.uk

Signing up for the McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme® is easy! You will need to provide a valid email address, your name and your postal address. That’s all.

We accept any brand of non-savoury biscuit wrappers such as digestives, rich tea etc (i.e. all but crackers). This includes the likes of Penguin's etc but not chocolate bars like Mars, Snickers etc, or the inside plastic tray as they are made from a different material.

Yes, you need to send back a shipment within 6 months of your registration to the programme and if you are inactive for a 6 month period during any other time you may be removed to enable someone that is on the waiting list and wants to participate to join.

Anyone can sign up for McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Recycling Programme®. Please note: our programme is not designed to accommodate recycling centers.