Most of us love the convenience of printing out a pre-paid label, taping it to a box, and sending our return items back to the seller. What if recycling certain items was this easy? A prior post about beauty packaging described this method, and now there is an additional and completely free service for similar hard-to-recycle items.
In this case, Boxed (an online, membership-free wholesale retailer that offers direct delivery of bulk-sized packages), Proctor & Gamble, and TerraCycle have teamed up to provide a way to recycle certain personal and home care packaging without any cost to you.
The process is straightforward:
Fill out an online form on Boxed.com
Collect your used items and put them in any sized box
Print the free shipping label
Ship the box via UPS
From their website, Boxed indicates that they take “all brands of empty personal care packaging and home care packaging made of flexible plastic, rigid plastic, metal, or multi-layers are accepted. This may include: bottles, lids, tubes, jars, pumps, sprays, complex closures, packets, pouches, lids, trigger heads, non-aerosol air fresheners, wipes packaging (but not the wipes themselves), laundry pens."
The FAQs provide some additional information worth considering.
It seems that more companies are trying to close the loop by offering ways to recycle their products. For the same amount of effort it takes to return something to Amazon, you could be reducing your landfill impact by participating in this program. Give it a try!