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A wide variety of usable waste can be recycled at Upcycle Kernow CIC. 

Clothes, shoes and accessories can be donated or swapped at our popular Swish events

Textiles such as bedding, towels, fabric and haberdashery are repurposed in our community projects,

Tools, paint, wood, and other DIY consumables materials are reused in our hands-on upcycling workshops,

and various plastic packaging can be recycled at our TerraCycle drop off point. 

We also accept small electrical items, and worn out textiles/clothing/shoes for recycling, and are always looking for "interesting things" that we can repurpose in our workshops.

Take a look at some of the ways you can donate items for recycling below. We are always on the look out for extra materials and hidden gems, so do get in touch with us if you have bigger, or more unique items for us! 

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What We Accept...



We are proud to be one of the biggest Terracycle collection 

points in Cornwall. Terracycle is a recycling company that specialises in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste which is not processed by local councils, such as crisp packets, pet food packaging, sweet wrappers, home care products and cosmetics packaging, along with many other waste streams. 


The free recycling programmes are funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can join in. Simply start collecting in your home, school, or office; then drop off in our dedicated TerraCycle drop off point. 

Terracycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the "non-recyclable." 


Whether it's plastic pet food packaging, beauty products packaging or toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes from your home; crisp, biscuit, snack and sweet wrappers from your packed lunch, pens from a school, or disposal gloves from your work setting, Terracycle can recycle almost any form of waste. 

Upcycle Kernow CIC is one of Cornwall's largest Terracycle Collectors, and 

with your help, we support Terracycle to divert hundreds of tonnes of plastic from landfills and incinerators each month.

Our Terracycle drop off point is accessible 24/7 and is located along our main fence to the right of the Upcycle Kernow entrance.  Please check out our 'How To' section below for details on how to package your recycling before dropping it off. 



​​STEP 1: ​

Please ensure your Terracycle packaging is clean and dry




                                                      STEP  2: 

                                                     Please separate your recycling into its relevant waste stream - check our Terracycle section for                                                         details on each stream. A top tip is to fill a bread bag with each waste stream, as once emptied by                                                     us, we can recycle this through the Bread Bag recycling stream.

STEP 3: ​

Our collection box is accessible 24/7 and is situated right of the MAIN entrance to our carpark, just look for the Terracycle sign. It is emptied on a daily basis but if you have large amounts, please contact us to arrange delivery​




                                                  STEP 4: ​

                                                  Please ensure your bread bags are tucked closed, or turned upside down so the rainwater doesn't                                                     get in, thank you! We've tried putting lids on the box but they get broken too easily.

STEP 5: ​

We package up your recycling for collection by Terracycle for processing. For further details on how they do this please check out www.Terracycle.co.uk


                                                STEP 6:

                                               Points generated from each kilo collected are converted into pounds.  

                                               Last year the money raised contributed towards the costs of our new front doors.

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Recycling FAQs

What can I recycle?

Please see our recycling posters above for details of what you can recycle and how to pre-s0rt your recycling before you drop it off.

Do you take Tetrapacks?

No we do not take tetrapacks (orange juice, soya, almond, oat milk cartons etc). These can be taken to your nearest council operated recycling centre. Please follow this link to find your nearest centre.

How do I drop off my recycling?

Our Terracycle drop off point is accessible 24/7 and is located along our main fence to the right of the Upcycle Kernow entrance. Please check out our 'How to Terracycle' section above, for details on how to package your recycling before dropping it off.