How the Zero Waste Box™ System Works

What is a Zero Waste Box™?

A Zero Waste Box is a complete and convenient solution which includes the storage, shipping and recycling of a particular type of waste that isn’t currently recycled through civic amenities or traditional recycling facilities.

We can recycle almost anything, from coffee capsules and empty medicine blister packs to contact lenses and toothbrushes. Zero Waste Box is an all-inclusive solution developed by award-winning waste experts at TerraCycle®. The recycling boxes are easy to set up and use, making it the perfect option for households, schools, businesses, manufacturing and events facilities looking to increase their sustainable practices.

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How it works

Order: Select the Zero Waste Box based on what you would like to recycle.

Fill: Fill your box with the accepted waste.

Ship: Using the pre-paid UPS shipping label affixed to the back of your box, arrange for your waste to be collected for recycling. All shipments are carbon-neutral, meaning the carbon emissions released during transport will be offset.

Reorder: Continue to recycle everything and reorder a new Zero Waste Box.

What can go inside a Zero Waste Box™?

If an item can’t be recycled via your civic amenity and as long as the material is not hazardous (e.g. medical waste), there will most likely be a Zero Waste Box for you!

For example, beauty products and their packaging are typically more complex and difficult to recycle via kerbside, so this is something Zero Waste Box™ can take care of.

Please be sure to refer back to the relevant recycling box webpage to check the list of accepted items, or contact us if you’re unsure. 

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But I thought my packaging was accepted in my home recycling bin?

Yes, many types of packaging are accepted by your civic amenity - but unfortunately this does not necessarily mean that they will be recycled. Soft plastics, for example, are technically collected in the home collection bins, but are not yet truly recycled. It is still too expensive and/or complicated to recycle certain materials so these items are sent to waste-to-energy facilties. Zero Waste Box offers a great solution to this problem where your waste will actually get recycled!

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