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Through the Rubbermaid Food Storage Recycling Program in association with TerraCycle, consumers can send in any brand of well-used glass and plastic food-storage containers for recycling free of charge.

Clare Goldsberry

July 23, 2020

2 Min Read
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Rubbermaid has entered into a partnership with TerraCycle to provide consumers with a way to recycle well-used food-storage containers, regardless of the brand or manufacturer, in the United States and Canada. Through this new partnership, Rubbermaid will help to ensure that all glass and plastic food-storage containers come to a sustainable end in their lifecycle. Rubbermaid is part of Newell Brands, a global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known products.

Trenton, NJ–based Rubbermaid has signed on to sustainable practices for many years. The TerraCycle program represents another step in making Rubbermaid products an even stronger choice for environmentally conscious consumers or for anyone looking to lead a more sustainable life, said Rubbermaid.

“Our food-storage products help keep food fresh to reduce waste and are made better to enable a long life of reusability,” said Ryan Hall, Marketing Director, Food Storage, at Newell Brands. “Partnering with TerraCycle allows us to create an even more sustainable product lifecycle, while giving consumers an easy way to recycle their well-used containers whenever they are ready to upgrade to our newest innovations. As an exclusive partner in our category, we are excited to be leading the way.”

Through the Rubbermaid Food Storage Recycling Program, consumers can now send in all brands of well-used glass and plastic food storage containers to be recycled for free. Consumers can sign up on the TerraCycle website’s program pages for the United States or Canada and mail in well-used food storage containers using a downloadablle prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the containers are cleaned and melted into hard plastic or glass that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and CEO, commented: “Newell Brands and Rubbermaid are offering consumers a unique opportunity to divert waste from landfills and responsibly dispose of food-storage containers that may initially seem unrecyclable. By accepting and recycling any food storage product, regardless of brand, through the recycling program, Rubbermaid is expanding its commitment to sustainability and helping to build awareness that a recycling solutions exists for just about everything.”

The Rubbermaid Food Storage Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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