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

Good quality clothes, shoes and accessories can be donated or swapped at our popular 

Swish events

Textiles such as bedding, towels, fabric and haberdashery may be repurposed in our community projects - please email us with details of what you have

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.

Please note: we donot accept furniture, and we donot repair items for resale.

Take a look at some of the ways you can donate items for recycling below.

We are always on the look out for extra-ordinary materials or hidden gems, so do get in touch with us if you have more unique items for us! 

Please contact us at for further details

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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, toothbrushes, Pringles tubes, biscuit wrappers, bread bags 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 coffee bags, cheese wrappers, 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 behind the low fence, right of the SECOND entrance. Please make sure your bags are sealed to stop them filling with rainwater - thank you


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, dry and as flat as possible.  We only accept specific packaging for recycling - please check the list below

                                              STEP  2: 

                                                     Please separate your recycling into its relevant waste stream - check our Terracycle section

                                                     below 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 the Bread Bag through the relevant sponsored stream.


STEP 3: ​

Our collection box is accessible 24/7 and is situated behind the low fence, right of the SECOND gate,  as you enter our carpark. what3words:      It is emptied on a daily basis but if you have large amounts, please contact us to arrange delivery​.  Or better still, pop into our workshop, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays and get your Refills at the same time!


STEP 4: ​

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

                                                STEP 5:

                                               Points generated from each kilo collected are converted into pounds.  

                                               Last year the money raised contributed towards the running costs of our Tool Library.

How do I Terracycle?

what we accept


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  • What can I recycle?
    Please see our recycling posters above for details of what you can recycle and how to pre-sort 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 when 6 days per week (closed Mondays), when any of the surrounding businesses are open, which is generally 10 til 4. We are also open until 9pm on a Thursday evening. The collection box is a repurposed chest freezer, with a lift up lid - be sure you are lifting the freezer handle and not the wooden sign, as it can seem to be locked but it's definitely not! The box is located along our main fence to the right of the Upcycle Kernow entrance. what3words: Please check out our 'How to Terracycle' section above, for details on how to package your recycling before dropping it off.
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