For 21 days you recycled more: here’s what happened

Earth Month: this April you came together, stepped up, and made the #PledgetoRecycle, and that’s just the beginning! You shared some amazing tips, and showed us how you worked toward your recycling goals. We round them up here, along with our tricks for making your #PledgetoRecycle a habit of a lifetime…

But first, why should you recycle more?

As you may know, when you throw your rubbish away, it doesn’t disappear by magic; the amount of waste produced in the world could fill 1 million Olympic-sized swimming pools every year – that’s around 2.1 billion tonnes of rubbish! Worse yet, 359 million tonnes of new, virgin plastic is produced – 60 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza – while less than 9% is recycled.

These statistics and figures are only a slice of the sheer magnitude of our waste problem; it’s a no-brainer more needs to be done. Rally your communities (plus friends and families) to take the #PledgetoRecycle, alongside you. The more people that take action, the greater the impact.

Here’s how:

Remember: small, daily actions add up! Recycling can sometimes seem like a minefield of different bins, packaging labels, and fancy buzzwords. So, we recommend first being sure of what your local council accepts and Recycle Now’s website is a great place to start.   
What about the items local councils don’t accept? That’s where we step in! With our Free Recycling Programmes – free to use, and with mail-in and drop-off options – you can recycle more of the many, common things from your everyday life (like beauty products, coffee capsules or snack packaging) that aren’t accepted through your kerbside collections.

TerraCycle’s #PledgetoRecycle Pro Tips:

  • Make it easy for your household or business to take part and stay organized by creating your own collection boxes or bins to place wherever there’s a potential to collect waste, such as in the bathroom for personal care and beauty #empties.
  • Print out the programme posters at the bottom of every programme page for a clear reference for what is accepted, and place them where you collect.
  • Stockpile and store as much as you can before shipping. This reduces the transportation carbon footprint of your recyclables, AND earns you more TerraCycle points to redeem for your favorite schools and charities

Looking to recycle something we don’t currently have a programme for? Perhaps you’d prefer a slightly more convenient, one-and-done option. Enter: Zero Waste Box™!

These all-in-one recycling solutions are your answer to recycling pretty much everything. Go as specific as disposable masks and PPE, to the entire contents of your bathroom – Zero Waste Box has a solution for everyone. Unsure? Take the quiz to find your perfect solution or browse our list of bestsellers to see what other recyclers are using.

A Global Movement

And we’re just getting started! If you took the #PledgetoRecycle this year, thank you, and keep it up. If not, then start today – we’re with you every step of the way. With easy-to-understand recycling hacks and articles like this one, our recycling programmes and Zero Waste Box™ system are here to help you reach your recycling goals. We’re all in this together!

We hope this info lights a fire to go out and become a recycling champion…or take us up on some of our tips! Either way, let’s make every day Earth Day! Start now by sharing this article with a friend or family member who wants to do more, but doesn’t know where to start.

Remember, it’s about each one of us doing our little bit on the journey Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.

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