Weleda Plastic Recycling Programme


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We are excited to introduce a NEW recycling programme at Weleda in 2019. As recycling facilities around the UK can vary from region to region, Weleda has teamed up with recycling experts TerraCycle® to ensure that all Weleda soft touch plastic tubes can be recycled within the UK.


Simply collect any Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes and drop them off at dedicated public drop-off locations and it will be sent over to TerraCycle® to be recycled into new materials. You also have the possibility to set up your own public drop-off location or to sign up as a private collector via the TerraCycle® website.

TerraCycle® points earned through public drop-off locations supported by Weleda Wellbeing Advisors will go towards the Global Penguin Society to support the conservation work of the GPS. Every 10kg of Weleda soft touch plastic tubes sent to TerraCycle® will raise nearly £10 for the GPS, to support its international conservation activity. 

What does TerraCycle®  do?

TerraCycle® is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard to recycle waste. Founded in the US in 2001, TerraCycle® is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the non-recyclable.

TerraCycle® can collect, and recycle, almost any form of waste to make new products out of it.

What do I need to do?


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Step 1:

Collect your Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes* and search on the interative map to see if you have a public drop-off location close by. If there is one, then simply take your accepted waste to the public drop-off location and drop them off during the designated hours. Please see the list of Weleda products which can be recycled through TerraCycle® below and look for the TerraCycle®  logo  next to the product images on the website.

Step 2:

If there isn’t a public drop-off location in place already in your community then you could set up your own public drop-off location. To do so, please follow the steps on the TerraCycle® website.
As soon as you are registered as a public drop-off location and you want to organise a shipment, download a free UPS label from your TerraCycle-account. You now can order a free pick-up. For more information click here.

Step 3:

If there isn’t a public drop-off location already in place where you live, or you aren’t able to set up your own public drop-off location, then you have the option to sign up as a private collector by following the steps on the TerraCycle® website.

As soon as you are registered as a private collector and you want to organise a shipment, download a free UPS label from your TerraCycle-account. You now can order a free pick-up. For more information click here.


Waste that is accepted in this programme

All Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes, including:

  • Skin Food Original and Skin Food Light
  • Beauty Balms
  • Body Washes/Shower Gels/Body Scrubs
  • Sunscreen and After Sun Lotions
  • Lip Balms
  • Conditioners
  • Mini and Travel Size 'soft touch' plastic tubes

Waste that is NOT accepted

  • Any other brand of beauty care packaging
  • All cardboard, glass, aluminium and rigid plastic packaging as these can be recycled via your local council facilities
  • All Weleda packaging that is not a 'soft touch' plastic tube

What happens to the waste

Once collected, your Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes are cleaned and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Visit the TerraCycle® site to learn more about the recycling process.

FAQs

Q. What can I send?

A. If it is a Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tube as mentioned in the accepted waste of The Weleda Plastic Recycling Programme, you can either bring it to your local public drop-off location or you can send it directly to TerraCycle® if you are the owner of a public drop-off location or a private collector. However, make sure you check the recycling options of your local council and only send Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes that can’t be recycled locally. 

Q. Can I send product packaging that I haven't bought from you?

A. Sorry, at this point we only accept Weleda branded 'soft touch' plastic tubes in The Weleda Plastic Recycling Programme. 

Q. How should I send it?

A. If you have a public drop-off location near you, simply hand over your waste and the location administrator will ship the waste to TerraCycle® for you.  If you own a public drop-off location or are a private collector, you can reuse a sturdy cardboard box to send your empty Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes to TerraCycle®. We kindly ask you to collect as much empty Weleda packaging as possible and not send in single products. Remember to make sure your items are free of residual product and clean. For more details on how to get your free shipping label and to organise a pick-up, visit the TerraCycle® website

Q. Can I ship the waste for free to TerraCycle®? 

A. Yes, you can download a free shipping label via the TerraCycle® website as the shipment costs are sponsored by Weleda. 

Q. Can I drop off my Weleda soft touch plastic tubes directly at Weleda? 

A. Absolutely, we'd love to say hello. Feel free to grab all your friends' Weleda 'soft touch' plastic tubes and drop it off at our Wellbeing Shop which is a public drop-off point at: Weleda UK, Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8DR (Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm). 

If you have any questions about The Weleda® Plastic Recycling Programme please check the programme FAQ’s on the TerraCycle® website. You can also contact TerraCycle® via email: customersupport@terracycle.co.uk.



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