Frequently Asked Questions


Which Zero Waste Box™ is right for me?

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You can browse all categories of Zero Waste Boxes™ here to find the one best suited to your needs.

If you still have questions or want to get advise, feel free to reach out to our customer support team Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am-12pm and 2pm– 5pm.

Free phone number: 01 481 9380


What sizes do Zero Waste Boxes™ come in?

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There are three (3) sizes of Zero Waste Boxes to choose from for most waste streams:

Small 25 x 25 x 46 cm

Medium 30.5 x 30.5 x 84 cm

Large 38 x 38 x 97 cm

How do I assemble and set up my Zero Waste Box™?

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Once received, start by unfolding the flat box. Next, fold and close the top lid and secure it with the cardboard flap. Press down on the perforated cut-out on the top lid. Remember to place your box in an easily accessible spot. That’s it! 

Click here to watch our Zero Waste Box™ setup video for step-by-step instructions.

How do I return my Zero Waste Box™ when it’s full?

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When your Zero Waste Box™ is full, simply tape the top opening shut. Your box will arrive with a prepaid return shipping label already attached on the back. All you have to do, is either call UPS on 01 52 45446 and provide them with the tracking number from the label (starting with “1Z”) or go Go to, click on
‘Shipping’ and then select
‘Schedule a collection’.

Read more in our user guide here.

Are there any delivery restrictions?

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Please note we do not deliver to Northern Ireland

Why is my box delivered in a plastic envelope and how can I recycle it?

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We use plastic mailing bags to protect boxes from bad weather conditions and to apply shipping labels on the outside of the package. We will recycle the plastic mailing bag if you place it inside your Zero Waste Box™. Our team is currently reviewing alternative ways to ship the boxes. We will inform you when a new method of shipping is available.

Do you have an Affiliate Programme?

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Yes. And it's easy to join. Read more about it here.


I need to cancel or return my order. How can I do this?

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You can view our returns and refunds policy in our Terms and Conditions (section 5).

I need to edit my order. How can I do this?

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Unfortunately, we are unable to make edits to the contents of an order, including changing the payment method used. If you ordered an incorrect item or need to change your payment method, please reach out to or call 01 481 9380.

When will my order arrive?

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Your order should arrive within 5 to 7 working days. Deliveries are carried out by UPS Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. After your order has been dispatched from our warehouse, you’ll receive an email with your tracking information.

How do I correct a delivery address after I have placed an order?

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Delivery addresses may be edited before your order has shipped by reaching out to However, once an order has shipped, the address can no longer be changed. Please note that some orders ship in under 24 hours, so we cannot guarantee that your shipping address can be changed after the order has been placed.

What payment options are available?

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We accept most major debit and credit cards: Mastercard, Visa and American Express (Amex).


Is TerraCycle a registered waste management company?

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Yes, we are a registered waste management company.

The TerraCycle® supply chain is covered by the following waste permits/licenses:

- Waste dealer/broker license for Ireland.

- Warehouse waste storage permit for TerraCycle®'s third party MRF (Materials Recovery Facility).

How do the National Recycling Programs work, and how do they differ from the Zero Waste Box™ system?

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At TerraCycle, we offer two main recycling solutions for people and companies based in the UK: Free National Recycling Programmes and Zero Waste Boxes™.

The Zero Waste Box is a different product and recycling service, separate to the free Recycling Programmes. Zero Waste Boxes provide solutions for waste that cannot be recycled through your local council or traditional recycling companies. 

TerraCycle free Recycling Programmes are funded by brands, manufacturers and retailers to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programmes you’d like to join on TerraCycle website; start collecting in your home, school, or office then take the waste to drop-off locations near you. To read more about TerraCycle Free Recycling Programmes, please click here

Important: You do not need to purchase a Zero Waste Box™ if you are signed up to a free Recycling Programme. 

For more information about the programmes, please contact our customer service team on 01 481 9380 or email

Why does a Zero Waste Box™ cost money when many of the National Recycling Programs do not?

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The cost of recycling can be broken down into three main parts: transportation, processing, and recycling. Your local government manages typical kerbside collections. With the Zero Waste Box™ system, the collection is built into the price.

With National Recycling Programs, the sponsoring brands and retailers pay for these expenses.

With Zero Waste Box™, you have the power to take matters into your own hands and recycle everything. To learn more, please visit this page.

Zero Waste Boxes™ are not in our budget. Is there something we can do?

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The price of a Zero Waste Box is based on the current shipping and recycling costs for each material type. We understand this service may not be a fit for all customers at this time. We recommend checking out TerraCycle’s National Recycling Programs, which offer free recycling solutions.

I want to recycle everything and do more to reduce my impact. What else can I do?

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That’s the spirit! Follow us on social media for daily tips and tricks and refer to the links below for more information on ways you can eliminate the idea of waste.

National Recycling Programs

TerraCycle Do-It-Yourself Projects

The Zero Waste Box Blog

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