An Eco Tip About TerraCycle from the Weavers Way Environment Committee

Marsha Low, for the Weavers Way Environment Committee

TerraCycle provides free waste collection for hard-to-recycle materials.

Ever wonder why TerraCycle’s programs are so darn specific? It’s because one of the ways the company — which is based in Trenton, by the way — makes ends meet is to partner with brands, manufacturers and retailers to develop ways to recycle formerly unrecyclable products and packaging. So TerraCycle has partnerships with, for example, Brita (water filters), Kraft (Capri Sun juice pouches) and Wellness (pet food bags). 

You can drop items off at these three Weavers Way locations:

  • In Mt. Airy: 555 Carpenter Lane (box located under the stairs).
  • In Chestnut Hill:

 Main Co-op store (box located next to the ATM)
Next Door (box is under one of the display tables).

Here's the list of what we’re collecting for TerraCycle. (Click here to open a PDF version to print, send or save.)

  • Brita Products
    Filters, pitchers, faucet filtration systems, Brita® filter packaging and Brita® dispensers
  • Dental Products
    Used manual toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, plastic dental brush sticks, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, Colgate Wisp products
    (Please note: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes and their parts are not recyclable through the program.)
  • Hair & Body-Care Products
    Empty plastic shampoo, conditioner and gel bottles, tubes and caps; hair-care packaging; hairspray triggers; hair paste caps; soap dispensers and tubes; body-wash caps; lotion dispensers and caps. 
  • Cosmetics Packaging
    Empty make-up containers — mascara, foundation, lipstick, cream tubes or plastic containers, empty lip-balm tubes, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks and lip liner pencils.
  • Mouthwash Bottles & Caps
  • Deodorant Containers & Caps
  • Wellness Pet Food Bags
  • Foil-Lined Energy Bar Wrappers (e.g., Lavabar, Clif)
    Also, foil-lined granola bar wrappers, meal replacement bar wrappers, protein bar wrappers, diet bar wrappers. 
  • Empty Baby & Toddler Food Pouches & Caps (e.g., Ella’s, Earthbest) 


  • NO light bulbs 
  • NO medicine containers 
  • NO razors
  • NO electric toothbrushes
  • NO glass or metal