How They Recycle ...

Everything collected through the Zero Waste Box system is sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of being sent to landfill. Read below to learn how different types of materials are recycled by Terracycle. 

  • PLASTICS: Plastics are separated by number, melted down, and turned into pellets that can be molded and extruded to produce new products.
  • METALS: Metals are separated by type and smelted into ingots for reuse.
  • GLASS: Glass is cleaned and sorted by color for processing. It is then crushed and melted to be used in new glass products.

Disposable Razors + Packaging

All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

Beauty Care Packaging

Any brand of cosmetics, hair care, or skincare packaging. This includes cosmetics, haircare or skincare packaging including shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), hand lotion bottles and tubes, lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

Do not send in aerosol cans, perfume bottles, nail polish bottles, and nail polish remover bottles.

Oral Care Waste + Packaging

This box accepts any brand of oral care waste. This includes toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, and floss containers.

Snack Wrappers

This box accepts any brand and size of snack wrappers. This includes individual candy wrappers, cookie wrappers, snack bags, multi-pack snack bags, and family-size snack bags.

Do not send in any food waste or cardboard master cartons (which are typically recyclable at curbside).

Staples Program

Any brand of pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, highlighters and highlighter caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps.

Once collected, the writing instruments are separated by material composition. The separated items are then cleaned, shredded, and made into new recycled products.

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One horrifying statistic stands out.  Since its major production and popularization in the 1950s, only 9% of plastic has actually been recycled.  So one must ask, where does it all go? 
We are proudly offering free recycling programs to Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Beaverton, Bobcaygeon, Bridgenorth, Buckhorn, Cameron, Cannington, Fowlers Corners, Janetville, Downeyville, Dunsford, Lakefield, Little Britain, Oakwood, Omemee, Peterborough, Port Perry, Reaboro, Sunderland, Valentia, Washburn Island, and Woodville.