Zero Waste Boxes launched to recycle hard-to-recycle products

TerraCycle, a global leader in creating innovative sustainability solutions, has announced the launch of its Zero Waste Boxes in Ireland.

The boxes allow anyone to conveniently recycle everyday “hard-to-recycle” waste at home, the  workplace or school, including items not collected by councils that would ordinarily be destined for landfill, incineration, or the natural environment.

Zero Waste Boxes for hard-to-recycle products

The launch comes following a warning from the EPA that 2020 plastic packaging recycling rates in Ireland were “a long way off” 2025 EU targets.

More than 20 Zero Waste Boxes are available for individuals and organisations to recycle plastic packaging and more. Beauty products and packaging such as mascara tubes and makeup compacts, coffee pods, contact lenses, crisp and snack packets, empty medicine blister packs, pet food packaging, and oral care waste including plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental aligners are all guaranteed a second life with the boxes.

These items are often made up of a mix of materials that make them more complex and costly to recycle. As a result they have traditionally not been collected and recycled by local authorities, and many still aren’t.

A study found that making bins more convenient to use increases recycling rates. Having a designated container to recycle items in the bathroom or kitchen can help ensure as much as possible is recycled. The Zero Waste Boxes have been created to facilitate this and make the process as simple as possible.

The box is sent to the location where it will be used, and once full collection can be arranged with UPS who will pick it up. The price of the Zero Waste Boxes covers the entire process to ensure this waste is recycled – the box itself, its collection by UPS, the delivery back to TerraCycle’s Material Recovery Facility, and the recycling of the material. The boxes come in a variety of sizes and can take months to fill, making them a cost-effective choice for anyone looking to recycle more.

Julien Tremblin, General Manager for TerraCycle Europe said: “Our Zero Waste Boxes have proven to be an invaluable recycling solution for consumers and businesses alike elsewhere in Europe, and we’re delighted to be able to offer them in Ireland where demand for zero waste solutions is higher than ever.

“One of our main goals is to ensure we keep waste out of landfill, incineration and the environment, instead giving it a second life by recycling it. The Zero Waste Boxes are a great solution for anyone looking to do the same.”

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About TerraCycle

 TerraCycle ( is an international leader in innovative sustainability solutions, creating and operating first-of-their-kind platforms in recycling, recycled materials, and reuse.  Across 21 countries, TerraCycle is on a mission to rethink waste and develop practical solutions for today’s complex waste challenges.

As well as its free National Recycling Programmes, TerraCycle offers a paid-for solution in the form of Zero Waste Boxes. A Zero Waste Box is a complete and convenient solution that includes the storage, shipping and recycling of a particular type of waste.

Zero Waste Boxes are easy to set up and use, making them the perfect option for households, schools, businesses, manufacturing facilities and events looking to offset their impacts and reduce their environmental footprint.

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