Why do we charge for Zero Waste Boxes, when other programmes are free?

We’re often asked why Zero Waste Boxes cost money while the national programmes are generally free to consumers.

First, it’s important to highlight that no recycling is free. Someone is paying, somewhere along the line. 

Your local council recycling is paid by your taxes (or directly by you) and mitigated by any revenue the recyclers can earn from the items they collect, which is why you can only put items in your kerbside bin that recyclers can make a profit on.

Our “free” programmes are sponsored by brands willing to pay for the cost of collecting and recycling those products. 

The cost of a Zero Waste Box™ reflects the production of the box, transportation to you and then back to our recycling facilities, and the actual cost of sorting, cleaning, processing, and recycling the contents into raw formats. Check out the video below for an overview of what happens to the items you send in a Zero Waste Box. 

We generally collect a broad range of items which could comprise multiple materials (different types of plastic, metals, fabrics etc) so there is a lot more manual sorting and pre-processing that happens compared to the process for kerbside collections.  

Whether you take the time to recycle, you’ve joined a local clean-up group, or even go as far as living a zero-waste lifestyle, thank you!

4 thoughts on “Why do we charge for Zero Waste Boxes, when other programmes are free?

  1. Have been collecting tablet blister packs for a while. No one knows where to take them in Blackpool. Superdrug don’t take them now, they say they have too many waiting for collection.


    1. Hi Patricia, I apologise for the inconvenience caused. Your nearest participating Superdrug pharmacy for The Medicine Packet Recycling Programme is the Superdrug Pharmacy Preston. Is this the Superdrug you are referring to? Please, let us know where the Superdrug pharmacy is based, so we can reach out to them.
      Thank you,
      Nahia ♻️


  2. My friends a I have collected 4 boxes of pill blister packs can you tell me where or how I can get them to you. We live in Monifieth near Dundee Scotland. Madge Buntin. Email buntinmarjorie0@gmail .com.


    1. Hi Madge, thanks for collecting blister packets for recycling! You can bring your blister packs to your nearest participating Superdrug pharmacy which you can find using the interactive pharmacy finder map on the programme page. I can see your nearest location is in Dundee! Find out more here: http://www.terracycle.com/medicine-packet-uk
      Feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions. ♻️


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