TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes where you can receive rewards for the waste you recycle, you can view some of the programmes they offer below.
TerraCycle and Ella's Kitchen® have partnered to create EllaCycle, a free recycling programme for any brand of baby food pouches and Ella’s Kitchen’s snack wrappers, and a fundraising opportunity for participants. Find out more information here.
- The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme
TerraCycle® and Walkers® have partnered to create a free recycling scheme which accepts all crisp packets.
- The Confectionery Recycling Programme
Recycle all brands of plastic confectionery packaging through this programme. Find out more information here.
The KP Snacks® Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet Recycling Programme
TerraCycle® and KP Snacks® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels packets. This recycling programme is open to all individuals, schools, organisations (charities, town halls, local authorities) and companies based in the UK. Find out more information here.
The pladis Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme
TerraCycle®, McVitie's®, Carr's®, Go Ahead® and Jacob's® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers. Find out more information here.
Empties Please [Ink]
The scheme is really simple and easy to run…Empties Please will collect your used ink cartridges and donate the money raised to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation or a charity of your own choice.
- We supply you with a recycle bin and starter pack
- You choose ‘Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’ OR a charity of your own choice
- There are posters to display in and around your business and offices
- Once your bin is full contact ‘Empties Please’ to collect it free of charge and drop off a new recycle bin
- We process the cartridges at our warehouse
- We send you a certificate and make the payment directly to your good cause
For more information please visit their website.
The following businesses also offer a similar scheme, with some offering discounts on new ink purchases:
In 2011 BIC, in partnership with TerraCycle, launched a programme to recycle all used writing instruments, whether or not they are BIC® branded, turning them into new useful products such as benches, pencil pots, etc. Both free and voluntary, this programme enables schools who are willing to participate the opportunity to launch a collection in their establishments.
This initiative is not only a way to raise awareness and take responsible action for the environment but it’s also a charitable gesture where 2p per writing instrument is collected and donated to a charity. The charity is chosen by the collecting team, or the money can be donated directly to finance an educational project.
Recycle Plastic to Make Your School Fantastic!
Garnier Ultimate Blends are offering GB primary schools the chance to WIN a playground makeover - made from recycled materials - worth up to £10,000* in return for doing their part to recycle bathroom product waste.
1. Sign-up to the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme in partnership with Garnier® and TerraCycle®. You will need to create a TerraCycle® account and sign up as a primary school under "organisation type".
2. Give your consent to participate in the Recycle Plastic to Make Your School Fantastic contest via the consent form found here.
3. Collect as much accepted waste as possible and send it to TerraCycle®
Cash 4 Cans - Recycle Aluminium Cans
Not only does recycling aluminium cans help the environment, but it can also be used to raise funds for yourself, a charity or community project.
How does it work?
- As a guide, the current average price paid for aluminium cans (as of November 2016) is around 40-50p per kg. However, the price does vary across metal merchants, so make sure to check.
- There are recycling centres and scrap dealers all across the UK that will pay for a bundle of aluminium cans.
- To cut down on metal thefts, since 2012 scrap metal dealers are not allowed to give paper cash for metal, but can pay by electronic transfer or cheque.
- Once the recycling centre has the cans, they will be sent for recycling, where they’ll be made into new aluminium products.
The nearest drop off point to Cornwall is:
Glanvile Metals Ltd
Lummaton Quarry Recycling Centre
Telephone: 0180 331 6400
Recycle old mobile phones.
If you have old work mobiles no longer in use, recycle them! Do ensure you remove all data and wipe the phone prior to sending it away. It’s up to you to make sure your personal data has been, or will be, removed from your mobile phone.
More clothing/textile recycling schemes;
Recycle with Michael - Salvation Army
Rag Bag - Textile Recycling
To recycle unwanted equipment and save schools money. All equipment is donated by schools for schools. We collect the old equipment, repair and service it or arrange for recycling disposal. It means schools get more for their money and can afford specialist equipment which they couldn’t buy new. It also stops old equipment going to landfill.
Contact us if you have a special request, and we will keep a lookout for you. We service over 14,000 schools nationwide and have access to all types of equipment.
Send an official purchase order for the equipment with a zero cost but the applicable delivery cost. Sportsafe will then deliver the equipment.
Composting for schools - RHS Article
Get free compost for your school by creating your own. If you produced enough, you could sell it!
- School term: All year round
- Level of experience: No experience needed
Collect used stamps - Raise money for charities
Follow the link above for a list of national charities, or choose from a local organisation/charity below.
- iSightCornwall Used Stamps Appeal : iSightCornwall
- Recycle and donate | Childrens Hospice South West
- Recycling fundraiser | Home-Start Kernow
- POSTAGE STAMPS - Cornwall Bowel Cancer Support Group
Cornwall Used Cooking Oil - Cash paid for your used cooking oil
Would you like to receive 20p per litre of your used oil?
We will pay cash for waste vegetable oil which we use to produce biodiesel for our own family vehicles. We will recycle you waste cooking oil locally and will pay you for allowing us to collect it.
Cash 4 Coins - collect old or foreign money
Whether you’ve exhausted all the usual fund-raising ideas in your local area, or are just beginning to collect donations, a foreign coin collection is always an easy and successful fund-raiser. Why? Because people don’t mind parting with their foreign coins, so they give them away in handfuls. More information.
- Call the schools and clubs team on 0161 635 0000
Valpak’s battery collection service is completely free to all businesses and organisations within the UK. Valpak organise for battery boxes to be delivered to the site for the collection of household portable batteries (e.g. AA, AAA). Once the box is filled, our collections company Ecobat Logistics will come and collect waste batteries and either return the box, or replace it if it is damaged. This is also free.
Valpak has put together some guidance for you to help make sure your collection points and containers are managed safely.
Donate unwanted meals and food to the local community
- If your school has leftovers that can be donated, check out these local schemes that prevent food from going to landfill.