A modern lifestyle comes with many conveniences, but can often produce excess waste around the house. There are a lot of progressive parts of the country that do a great job to minimize the waste products that go into landfills, but it can be frustrating when there are no recycling centers near you.

Fortunately, there are some great FREE recycling programs that allow you to mail back select waste products so that the materials can be recycled. Even better is that there are 20+ programs who will make a donation to a charity of your choice as a reward for recyling the empty product packaging!

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Recycling program details and signup links are below.

Recycle Waste & Get Reward Points or Donations for Your Charity

These programs make it easy to recycle and even offer incentives when you send back your waste. It’s a win-win-win scenario, as the company receives increased traffic and brand loyalty, the environment is spared the excess pollution, and you earn loyalty points or donations for charity!

Most of the programs below are made possible by TerraCycle, who has raised over 44 million dollars to date for charities around the world!

1. Arm & Hammer

ARM & HAMMER has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for ARM & HAMMER and OXICLEAN plastic pouches. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

2. Balanced Body Foods

Earn 5 reward points each for returning your gel packs, boxes, and liners for recycling.

3. Barilla

Barilla has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Barilla Ready Pasta pouches. Shipments over 2 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

4. Brita

Brita filter recycling program earn MyBrita points
Brita filter recycling program earn MyBrita points

Give your Brita products a new life with the Brita recycling program while earning points in the My Brita rewards program. Simply complete the online form to get a free shipping label, and mail your used Brita products to be recycled!

5. Calbee

Calbee has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for flexible Calbee snack packaging and food wrappers. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

6. Dixon

Dixon has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Ticonderoga, Prang, and Lyra art supplies and writing instruments. Accepted items include: Prang Art Markers, Ticonderoga Highlighters, Ticonderoga & Dixon Pencils (mechanical and wood), LYRA & Prang Paint Kits, Prang Crayons, Prang Glue Sticks, Prang & Dixon Erasers, and Prang & LYRA Colored Pencils. Shipments will receive 50 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

7. Earth Animal

Earth Animal has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Earth Animal Wisdom™ Dog Food, No-Hide® Dog Chews, and Brushed-On Benefits® Treats and Chicken Strips bag packaging. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

8. Entenmann’s

Entenmann’s has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for  Entenmann’s Little Bites pouches. Shipments over 5 pounds receive 2 TerraCycle points / unti (shipments under 5 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

9. Everpure

Everpure has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Febreze aerosol containers. Shipments over 2 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

10. Febreze Aerosol

Febreze Aerosol has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Everpure water filters. Shipments over 2 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

11. Febreze Air Care

Febreze Air Care has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for air care products and packaging. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

12. GoGo squeeZ

GoGo squeeZ Free Recycling Program
GoGo squeeZ Free Recycling Program

GoGo squeeZ has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for healthy snack plastic pouches and caps. Shipments over 10 pounds receive 2 TerraCycle points / unit (shipments under 10 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

13. GU Enegry Labs Performance Nutrition

GU Enegry Labs Performance Nutrition has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty performance nutrition packaging. Shipments can be any size and receive 1 TerraCycle points / unit.

14. Late July

Late July has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Late July Snacks packaging. Shipments over 2 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

15. MARTINI & ROSSI

Martini & Rossi Frose Pouch Recycling
Martini & Rossi Frose Pouch Recycling

MARTINI & ROSSI has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty MARTINI & ROSSI Frosé pouches. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

16. Mountain House

Mountain House has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Mountain House pouches. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

17. North Coast

North Coast has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty North Coast apple sauce pouches and caps. Shipments will receive $1.00 / pound of waste.

18. NOW Foods

NOW has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty NOW® food and supplement pouches and NOW®’s XyliWhite™ toothpaste tubes. Shipments over 1 pound will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 1 lb do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

19. Open Farm Pet Food

Open Farm Pet Food has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Open Farm pet food packaging. Shipments over 2 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

20. Royal Canin

Royal Canin has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Royal Canin pet food packaging. Shipments can be any size and receive 5 TerraCycle points / unit.

21. Sensible Portions

Sensible Portions has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for snack bags. Shipments over 40 pounds receive 2 TerraCycle points / unit (shipments under 40 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

22. Solo Cup

Solo Cup Free Recycling Program
Solo Cup Free Recycling Program

Solo Cup has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for rigid, #6 plastic cups. There are no ongoing incentives, but there are occasional contest and promotions including a July 2019 promotion to receive 100 points per shipment.

23. Tide

Tide has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Tide Eco-Box packaging. Shipments will receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound of waste.

24. Wellness Natural Pet Food

Wellness Natural Pet Food has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Wellness® flexible plastic pet food packaging. Shipments over 5 pounds receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 5 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

Other Free Household Product Container Recycling 

While no points or monetary incentives are given with these programs, you can rest easy knowing that your waste does not end up in landfills or polluting the environment.

1. Backpacker’s Pantry

Request a free recycling envelope for your packaging from TerraCycle. When the envelope is filled, mail it back for free with the prepaid shiping to be recycled.

2. Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program

Bausch + Lomb has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Biotrue® ONEday contact lenses and blister packs, as well as lenses and packs from other Bausch + Lomb brands. Although you will not personally earn rewards for this program, for every qualifying shipment of 2 pounds or more, a $1/lb donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight.

3. Beech-Nut

Beech-Nut has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Beech-Nut baby food pouches. Request a free mailer envelope online.

4. BuddyFruits

BuddyFruits has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Buddy Fruits pouches and tubes. Request a free mailer envelope online.

5. Chippin

Chippin has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Chippin snacks for dogs packaging. Request a free mailer envelope online.

6. Cigarette Waste Recycling

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper, and ash. Although you will not personally earn rewards for this program, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company donates $1.00 towards the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program for every pound of cigarette waste collected.

7. Clif Bar

Bausch + Lomb has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for energy bar wrappers. Although you will not personally earn rewards for this program, for every qualifying shipment of 5 pounds or more, $0.01 per wrapper willed be donated to American Forests American ReLeaf Program.

8. D’Addario

D’Addario has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for all types of instrument strings and clippings, including nylon, steel, and orchestral strings.

9. Fuel For Fire

Fuel For Fire Recycling Program
Fuel For Fire Recycling Program

Fuel For Fire has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Fuel For Fire fruit and protein smoothie pouches and caps. Request a free recycling envelope online.

10. Guardian Pet Food

Guardian Pet Food has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Guardian MoRE Bars Pet Food Packaging. Request a free recycling envelope online.

11. Hasbro Toys

Hasbro Toys has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for used toys and games. Request a free recycling envelope online.

12. Healthycell

Healthycell has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Healthycell gel packs. Request a free recycling envelope online.

13. L.O.L. Surprise!

L.O.L. Surprise! has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for L.O.L. Surprise! packaging, accessories, and products. Request a free recycling envelope online.

14. Landish Foods

Landish Foods has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Landish Foods packaging. Request a free recycling envelope online.

15. LemonKind

LemonKind has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty LemonKind SuperDetoxMe pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

16. Nespresso

Nespresso Free Aluminum Capsule Recycling
Nespresso Free Aluminum Capsule Recycling

Nespresso offers a free recycling program for used Nespresso capsules. You may either drop off used capsules (over 120,000 collection points), or request a free Nespresso recycling bag to mail your used capsules back for recycling.

17. Once Upon A Farm

Once Upon A Farm has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Once Upon A Farm food pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

18. Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee offers a free recyling program via mail for Peet’s Coffee espresso capsules. Request a free pre-paid UPS envelope with any online order (or pay $2 for the prepaid envelope if ordered alone).

19. Portland Pet Food Company

Portland Pet Food Company has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Portland Pet Food Company pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

20. Quinn Snacks

Quinn Snacks has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Quinn Snacks pretzel bags, microwave popcorn bag cellophane wrapper, and foil-lined ingredient pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

21. Recycle A Cup

How to Recycle K-Cups and Coffee Pods
How to Recycle K-Cups and Coffee Pods

For those who are concerned about the waste products from coffee pod K-cups, Medelco (makers of Recycle A Cup® Cutter) offers a recycling solution. K-cup plastic pods are recyclable, but not all municipalities accept the #5 plastic for recycling. You may send your separated plastic pods to Medelco, and they will make sure that your K-cups plastic gets recycled.

22. Seed Phytonutrients

Seed Phytonutrients has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Seed Phytonutrients’ pumps. Request a free recycling envelope online.

23. Serenity Kids

Serenity Kids has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Serenity Kids baby food pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

24. Tiny Giants

Tiny Giants has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Tiny Giants flexible plastic pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

25. Weruva

Weruva has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Weruva flexible pet food packaging including Cats In The Kitchen, Best Feline Friends (B.F.F.) and Dogs In The Kitchen. Request a free recycling envelope online.

26. White Leaf Provisions

White Leaf Provisions has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty White Leaf Provisions baby food pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

27. Zellee

Zellee has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Zellee Organic fruit jel pouches. Request a free recycling envelope online.

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In addition to all the great places that you can be rewarded for recycling waste from household items, make sure to check out the places you can get rewards for recycling old beauty products and containers, recycling old electronics, and recycling clothing items & shoes.