TERRACYCLE FOR SAY!
updated April 15, 2024

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You are welcome to leave many items, most of which are not allowed in Somerville's curbside recycling, on my Davis Square porch for me to ship to Terracycle for recycling and, in doing so, get a little money for Somerville Arts for Youth, Inc. But, please always check this page first, as Terracycle occasionally discontinues or changes programs!

Also, no wish-cycling! Please only leave things on my porch if they are listed below, not just because they can’t go into curbside recycling and/or are similar to things I collect.

And, of course, please remember to reduce (some deodorants are now available in plastic-free containers), reuse (black take-out containers are sometimes used for food in our community fridges), and curbside recycle (more information in the “Other Recycling Resources” towards the bottom of this page).

 

green highlight = must be dropped off at my house before May 20th!

blue highlight = new!

yellow highlight = no points but you are still welcome to leave on my porch

red highlight = do not leave on my porch!

 

I am registered for programs which take ALL BRANDS of the following items:

·         deodorant containers & caps

·         toothpaste tubes & caps

·         floss containers

·         toothbrushes

·         toothbrush outer packaging

·         phone cases

·         used, clean socks (not tights or pantyhose), please only include those that are not in good enough condition to be donated

·         cosmetics, hair care, and skin care (serum tubes and caps; non-aerosol hair spray bottles, triggers, and pumps; cleanser and serum bottles, triggers, and pumps; eye cream packaging; mascara tubes and wands; lotion bottles and caps; lip gloss tubes and wands)

·         hair tools and appliances (including hair dryers, curling irons, and styling irons)

·         all squeezable snack plastic pouches and caps

·         empty sauce (eg ketchup and soy sauce from take-out) packets

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch, and try to support restaurants that offer reusable takeout containers such as those which participate in the Recirclable program: rigid black plastic takeout containers

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch, but some of this can be recycled through Pact (boxes at many retailers) or at Nordstrom stores: haircare and skincare packaging [can be left on my porch again . . . but only before May 20]

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch, but some of this can be recycled at Staples stores: empty/dried out pens, markers, mechanical pencils, glue sticks, watercolor sets, and packaging from writing instruments

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: cough and sore throat drop packaging

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: cookware, bakeware, and cutlery

·         CURRENTLY DOESN’T GIVE REWARDS, do not leave on my porch and instead use Somerville’s textile recycling program: non-donatable, clean baby & kid clothing

 

I am also registered for programs which only accept THEIR OWN BRANDS:

·         amika hair care packaging

·         ARM & HAMMER plastic pouches and toothpaste tubes

·         Aussie packaging, including Aussie shampoo and conditioner bottles, flexible plastic packaging such as color packets, flexible plastic tubes, and complex closures [Most Aussie containers can go in curbside recycling, but the pumps cannot. Feel free to leave all Aussie packaging on my porch so I know what the pumps came from, and I will then put the bottles out with my curbside recycling and send the pumps to Teracycle.]

·         Babybel product packaging, such as cellophane, tag, net, metal clasps, wax, plastic wrappers and pouches

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: Barilla packaging

·         Bimbo Bakeries USA bags (this includes Arnold, Ball Park, Brownberry, Lender’s Bagels, Oroweat, Sara Lee, Stroehmann, Thomas’, and more which are listed at https://www.bimbobakeriesusa.com/ )

·         BLACK + DECKER home appliances and tools

·         Bostitch tools

·         Brita dispensers, pitchers, bottles, filters, and plastic filter packaging

·         Burt’s Bees personal care, beauty care, and lip care packaging

·         BuzzBallz and BuzzTallz rigid plastic and aluminum containers, flexible plastic overwraps

·         Chesapeake Bay Candle containers and lids (candle wax should be removed), room spray 1.5 ounces and under

·         Cortizone-10 product packaging including tubes, dark plastic bottles, tubs, sticks, pumps and caps

·         CRAFTSMAN tools

·         DEWALT tools

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: Diva menstrual cups and packaging

·         Dunkin’ flexible ground and whole bean coffee bags

·         Entenmann's Little Bites pouches and Minis film packaging

·         eos (not EO Essentials) lip, lotion, and shave packaging

·         Funsicle inflatable pools and floats

·         Garnier skincare and haircare product containers

·         Gerber baby food packaging and small and large hook Gerber baby clothing hangers.

·         Gold Bond aerosol spray cans and product packaging including tubes, dark plastic bottles, tubs, sticks, pumps and caps

·         Good Chemistry perfume packaging

·         good2grow character tops being discontinued, last day to leave on my porch is April 30

·         IRWIN tools

·         Kate Somerville skin care packaging

·         LeapFrog electronic learning devices and electronic toys (batteries removed, please)

·         LENOX tools

·         LILYSILK non-donatable textiles

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: L.O.L. Surprise! packaging

·         Lundberg Family Farms flexible packaging

·         MAC Tools

·         Off The Eaten Path commercially-compostable snack bags

·         OxiClean plastic pouches

·         Pantene non-aerosol packaging including caps, lids and tubes [Most Pantene bottles can go in curbside recycling, but feel free to leave all Pantene packaging on my porch so I know what the caps and lids came from. I will then put the bottles out with my curbside recycling and send the caps and lids to Teracycle.]

·         Paula’s Choice Skincare packaging

·         PopSockets products and packaging

·         PORTER-CABLE tools

·         Schwarzkopf empty aerosol containers, hair care and hair color jars, lids, bottles, closures, tubes, pumps, and caps made from plastics and flexible or rigid aluminum

·         Selsun Blue packaging including tubes, dark plastic bottles, tubs, sticks, pumps and caps

·         ShiKai empty packaging

·         SodaStream sparkling water makers (not the CO2 cylinders or bottles)

·         STANLEY tools

·         DISCONTINUED, do not leave on my porch: Supergoop! packaging

·         Swiffer used wet or dry refills (please make sure they are dry before you drop them off at my house)

·         Takis Snacks, Rolled Tortilla Chips, STIX™, POP!, Waves, Kettlez, and Crisps flexible plastic bags and canisters

·         VTech electronic learning devices and electronic toys

·         WELEDA personal care packaging

·         WoodWick glass containers (candle wax should be removed)

·         Yankee Candle glass containers (candle wax should be removed), auto air fresheners and refills, Sidekicks, room spray 1.5 ounces and under, and ScentPlug refills

 

Other Recycling Resources

·         The Reyclopedia and the FAQ at https://recyclesmartma.org/ are great resources for information on curbside recycling. What is accepted does change! For example, milk cartons used to be accepted but no longer are, and pizza cartons are now accepted but didn’t used to be.

·         Many “beauty” products can be recycled through Pact (boxes at many retailers) or at Nordstrom stores

·         Ink cartridges, many tech products, and some types of writing instruments can be dropped off for recycling through Terracycle at some Staples stores.

·         All brands of pet food and treat bags can be dropped off for recycling through Terracycle at Pet Supplies Plus stores

Misc.

·         Being registered as a public drop-off spot for the Gerber collection entered us in a raffle for $50 worth of Gerber food – which I won! The items were given to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.