5 Benefits of Being a Public Drop-off Location

At TerraCycle, we collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can send us their waste, either by signing up as a private collector, or by setting up a public drop-off location!

A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle waste for recycling. It is a centralised, publicly accessible location to drop off specific types of waste and packaging to be recycled. In other words, people can bring their hard-to-recycle waste to your drop off collection point for you to send them to TerraCycle.

You normally wouldn’t want to be the person everyone brings their waste to, but with TerraCycle, you will want to! Here is why.

1. Collect more waste and donations

The steps to send us the waste remains the same but this time you’ll be able to send more units and a greater weight per shipment. Not only will you be having a greater positive impact on the environment by preventing more waste from going to landfill, but you will earn more TerraCycle points that can be redeemed into charity donations to support causes, schools, charities and organisations you care about.

2. Engage with your local community

Members in your community will be extremely thankful for your decision to set up an accessible drop off bin so that they too can recycle more types of waste. Recycling and collecting is an activity all people of all ages can engage with. Plus, it’s a great, easy and fun way to meet new people!

3. Create your own recycling facility nearby

Registering as a public drop off location point, you’ll have convenient recycling facilities on your doorstep (figuratively and/or literally)!

Your public drop off location could be in a store, supermarket, charity shop, vet’s office, school, local hall, church, house, garden centre…the list goes on! Think about locations where people would need to drop their waste depending on the waste stream that you are collecting.


There are still areas where public drop off locations are sparse, take a look at this map here to see what public drop off locations are in your community.

4. Raise awareness

By having collection boxes in visible places, such as a supermarket or garden centre, it’s a great way to raise the profile of an organization or cause you are passionate about alongside the importance of recycling. It can also be a good opportunity to raise awareness amongst children in your community.

5. Send more efficient shipments

Often it can be difficult for private collectors to meet programmes’ minimum shipment weights to earn points. However, by having more material in one shipment, rather than several smaller shipments, the transport of the waste is a lot more efficient and less damaging for the environment, win-win!

I’d like to set up a public drop off location – what do I need to do?

Once you have signed up to TerraCycle, or if you are already collecting with TerraCycle but not signed up as a Public Drop off Location, please fill in the public drop off location form so we can add the new location to our map. For a short, step by step guide to create a TerraCycle account and register as public drop off location, please take a look at our previous post on how to become a public drop off location. We also have a guide on how to become a top collector, please click here for part one and here for part two.

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Remember, if you use a public drop off location please;

  • Drop your waste at the location during the hours listed; please don’t leave waste at the premises if you can’t locate the collection bin.
  • Only drop the type of waste listed. Not all collection points collect all types of waste. In other words, please don’t drop waste such as baby pouches at a location that isn’t accepting baby pouches.
  • Acknowledge the person or organisation collecting the community’s waste – let them know that they’re awesome and spread the word!

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