Why do we charge for Zero Waste Boxes, when other programs are free? 

We’re often asked why Zero Waste Boxes cost money while the national programs are generally free to consumers.

First, it’s important to highlight that no recycling is free. Someone is paying, somewhere along the line. 

Your municipal recycling is paid by your taxes (or directly by you) and mitigated by any revenue the recyclers can earn from the items they collect, which is why you can only put items in your curbside bin that recyclers can make a profit on.

Our “free” programs are sponsored by brands willing to pay for the cost of collecting and recycling those products. 

The cost of a Zero Waste Box™ reflects the production of the box, transportation to you and then back to our recycling facilities, and the actual cost of sorting, cleaning, processing, and recycling the contents into raw formats. Check out this video for an overview of what happens to the items you send in a Zero Waste Box. 

We generally collect a broad range of items that could comprise multiple materials (different types of plastic, metals, fabrics etc) so there is a lot more manual sorting and pre-processing that happens compared to the process for curbside collections.  

Whether you take the time to recycle, you’ve joined a local clean-up group, or even go as far as living a zero-waste lifestyle, thank you!

One thought

  1. The problem (and somewhat unfairness), of of a system which charges householders for dealing with waste is that the consumer is not the person who produces the poorly wrapped and over packaged product in the first place! Sometimes it is impossible for the individual to choose and alternative better-packaged item. it is unrealistic to think that many individual households will really enter a system which charges them hundreds of dollars to rid of various items which the local bodies will not deal with.. In my view it is the companies who choose to push the costs of their poor packaging on the consumers who are the culprits…


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