Posted by Francesca De Franco on 14 Jan 2020

Most of us want to do our bit for the environment and even more so when we see images of bushfires in Australia and flooding in Indonesia.

Aside from re-using plastic bags and separating our household waste for the bin men it can be difficult to know how to do more on a regular basis.

TerraCycle is a nifty, global scheme that specialises in collecting hard-to-recycle waste, which is then recycled or upcycled. The range of items accepted is vast (and often obscure); think Ella’s Kitchen pouches, ACUVUE contact lenses and even L.O.L Surprise toys, accessories and packaging! Collectors can earn money for their efforts on behalf of a school or charity.

The great news is there are a number of these schemes in our local area and you can even start your own.

Collection points in the area  

Quadrant Dental Practice has a scheme in Upper High Street in Epsom, which collects – you guessed it – used dental products.

Volunteer Catherine Banks runs Tadworth TerraCycle, which currently has 21 schemes (each scheme/stream is a different type of waste). She raises money for the Alzheimer’s Society, RSPCA and several other charities and has collection points in Epsom Downs, Tadworth and Banstead.

Items including crisp, biscuit and popcorn packets; bread bags, pet food pouches, home hygiene products, ring carriers and Lavazza Compostable Coffee Pods, Tassimo & L’or Coffee pods can be recycled. These, and many more, can be taken to the below drop off points. Check the Facebook page for the full list of accepted items and details on how to sort them.

  • Cloud Nine Florist – 25 Tattenham Crescent, Epsom Downs, KT18 5QJ
  • 36 Bidhams Crescent, Tadworth, KT20 5HF
  • Palfreys, Picquets Way, Banstead, SM7 1AJ

The Greenway TerraCycle Collection has its drop off point at 233 The Greenway, Epsom, KT18 7JE.

This location also accepts an array of items. You can take all brands of make-up and confectionary packaging, pens, highlighters, markers, Garnier products, all types of disposable gloves and much more to be recycled. Again, check the Facebook page for full details.

Sacha Scott Estate & Letting Agents in Banstead is also a TerraCycle recycling collection point. The estate and lettings agent, as well as helping the environment, is raising money for the Children’s Trust and The Royal Marsden. You can now take your (cleaned) yoghurt pouches and their caps as well as ring carriers to: 9 Nork Way, Banstead, SM7 1PB. Find out more details on its Facebook page

For more information about the TerraCycle programme please visit:

Happy recycling!

Fran xx

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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog -

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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