Recycle Your Household Waste to Earn Charitable Donations

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.

24 Responses

  1. Tinababy says:

    Thanks you for your interesting post. I’m very glad for this information. I really appreciate you sharing this article and I’m going to try my possible best to share this as many as i can. Thanks once again

  2. SeunJeremiah says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative article, I love the fact the Terracycle has partnered with a lot of companiesto ease the waste in our environment and earn points for them for charitable donations.This is the first time i would be hearing about this and I’m definitely interested. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Alyce says:

      It’s great that there are companies who reward people for helping to keep the environment clean! 

  3. Shannon says:

    I had no idea companies offered rewards programs for recycling their product packaging! This is an excellent idea; I’m so glad I found your site.

    Looking through your list, I see quite a few companies whose products I use right off the bat. I am definitely going to start taking advantage of at least some of these programs. I’m always the one around our house that harps on everyone making sure that all trash is rinsed out, put in its proper container etc. trying to do my part in keeping the planet a little less cluttered. Now I’ve found a few more ways I can help. Thanks so much!

  4. Juliet says:

    Hi Alyce, This is an awesome idea! And a win win situation as well! Is TerraCycle in other continents as well or is it only in America? Here in Scotland we have recycling points, you take unwanted stuff there but no reward or insensitive comes with you recycling. TerraCycle should think of going global. This is a really great idea! 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Juliet, Terracycle is in other parts of the world. When you go to their website, look for your country in the top right and click on it for more details!

  5. Stella says:

    Hello, thanks for this fascinating list of companies that offer loyalty rewards just to keep our surrounding clean and safe.it is indeed a win-win-win strategy. The company will gain more awareness in the process of ensuring a tidy environment and the people get reward for the help they have done for the universe. Nothing can be so amazing than that. This website is very useful and I won’t hesitate to bookmark it for further reference. Whoever can tell, we might have disposable products materials we want to dispose in my household. These companies will be of great help rather than littering everywhere with dirts that can pose huge threat to many living organisms.

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Stella, I am really impressed that they have so many free recycling programs… it’s as easy as requesting an envelope and collecting your recyclables to mail back! It’s wonderful when it’s so easy to do the right thing for the planet and future generations!!

  6. Pandamelody says:

    This is a really important topic these days ! Very good to see people taking action to help the environment !

    But most people aren’t aware of the problem, or just don’t think about it. I think you should add a section explaining all the dangers of climate change and why we should help. 

    The overall article is very well explained and very good use of visuals!

    • Alyce says:

      You are right and that is a great idea… it’s hard to feel compelled to be a part of the solution when you don’t understand the problem! I will consider adding that information in a future update!

      As this website focuses on rewards programs, I chose to focus on ways to find rewards… most rewards these days are incentives for purchasing things, but this program is great in that you don’t have to buy a thing to be rewarded. It speaks to those who may only want to recycle if there is something in it for them… in this case, I don’t care why they are recycling, I am just happy that they are doing something that truly helps us all. 

  7. Twack Romero says:

    This is an incredible article on an excellent site. Just wanted to get that on the record. I have not only bookmarked your site but put a shortcut on the desktop, easy to forget bookmarks. The world is getting itself into a pickle and we’ve no one to blame but ourselves. So it’s good to see, not only responsibility being taken, also plans being put in place. We can all say we’re going to do this and that but do we really ever make the effort or do we just sit back and think ‘someone else will do it’ or you might even be cynical and think that it’s not going to make a difference.

    44 million is a huge difference, which is undeniable. Kudos to this company for making the effort and to you for making this information available. Anything we can do to help our world situation the better. I for one will be going through each of the links to see if I’m able to contribute.

  8. Gaurav Gaur says:

    Hi, Alyce.
    Thanks for sharing all the programs from A to Z which have partnered with Terra Cycle to make the planet safe. TerraCycle seems to doing the excellent work to generate awareness among common people on how anything and everything can be recycled. A great job indeed.
    Kudos to your blog for bringing it on the single platform. We are delighted.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Alyce says:

      It’s great to see that so many companies provide an easy and free way to recycle things from home!

  9. gr8megawinner says:

    Best Rewards Program is amazing information for me because I didn’t know there is a bunch of organizations ready to reward people from their refuse or throw away household items. An organization such as Arm & hammer gives away 100 points. There are amazingly a lot of them Solo Cup gives 100 points as well. I remember Quinn Snacks Buddy Fruit Tide. The point is not only recycling is monetized by a private individual it also promotes awareness on people to be kind to our environment by raising awareness not on the negative side but the positive side of it. People are encouraged to do their part to contribute with rewards to their chosen organizations or charities. It is a very useful information.

    • Alyce says:

      I like how it’s just good all around – you get rewarded for doing something that is already a great idea!

  10. Vanessa says:

    Wow! These are pretty good options for recycling and a great way to support a charity of your choice! I had no idea that so many products can be used for recycling. When you consider that there are so may options to recycle, there really should be less waste around the house or even in the landfills. But not many people might be aware of the many options that are available as far as recycling goes. 

    This is definitely an eyeopener and recycling our waste takes such a small effort on our part. It’s a small act that can have really big consequences and ensure the health of the earth in future.  

    • Alyce says:

      Many of the products on this page are not accepted by local municipal recycling centers, so it’s great that these free mail-in programs are available!

  11. Henry says:

    Hi! I have landed upon your site searching for rewards and I’m so glad I have found bestrewardsprograms. You have so many reward programs listed here that I have decided to bookmark and come and checkout every time you publish a new post!

    But in this post you have the best rewarding program I have read so far on your site. In this post you address a very important topic for me as is recycling. I hope many companies follow this path. And I’ll start right away. I feel it won’t be difficult for me to gather 10 lbs of GoGo squeeZ recycling material. I’m excited to participate.

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Henry, I’m sure your charity of choice will be thrilled to receive the donation for your time!

  12. Jay says:

    I am really impressed with what these guys are doing because like it or not this would play some role in keeping the environment clean and safe. Getting paid to recycle waste is just amazing. You help save the environment while also helping the companies to become more exposed. That is really a win win.

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