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New Zealanders can win $1,000 simply by recycling


New Zealanders can recycle and win big for their favourite school or not-for-profit

GLAD® has teamed up with recycling experts TerraCycle to launch the GLAD® To Recycle Contest, offering New Zealanders the chance to win cash prizes for the school or not-for-profit of their choice simply by recycling their used Glad® food storage products.

The competition invites anyone in New Zealand to sign up to the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme for free, and collect and send as many used Glad® food storage products as possible to be in the running to win.

The location that sends the most pieces of used Glad® food storage products to TerraCycle between now and 14 April 2017 will win a $1,000 cash prize, to be donated to their school or not-for-profit of choice. The second and third highest collectors will each win $250 to donate to their school or not-for-profit of choice.

The process for participating in the competition is genuinely easy. Participants are encouraged to sign up to the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme at, start collecting their used Glad® food storage products in any used cardboard box or re-usable bin, claim their free shipping label from the TerraCycle website, then ship their used items locally via New Zealand Post. This will grant entry into the competition, and the collected waste will be pelletised and then recycled into sustainable items such as park benches and playground slides.

Aside from the cash prizes offered in the competition, anyone collecting for the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme can also earn $1.58 per 2kg of GLAD® food storage products sent in to TerraCycle, which can then be redeemed to go towards the school or not-for-profit of their choice.

“GLAD® is proud to be giving back to the community and thanks all those participating in the programme for doing their part for the environment,” said Rachel Faulkner, GLAD® New Zealand. “We want all New Zealanders to get on board with the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme and make a difference to their favourite school or not-for-profit.”

The GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme launched in 2016 to help divert used GLAD® food storage products from New Zealand landfills. While used plastic food storage products might have been thrown away in the past, it’s now possible to recycle them through this free recycling programme. The innovative programme provides nationwide access so all New Zealanders can recycle and divert these products from landfill using an easy ‘collect, store and ship’ method.

Since the recycling programme launched, GLAD® and TerraCycle have also hosted upcycling and DIY workshops around New Zealand to educate students on how to re-use food storage products.

TerraCycle is the world leader in developing solutions for recycling ‘un-recyclable’ items and has kept more than four billion pieces of waste from landfills around the world. TerraCycle New Zealand is also tackling other difficult to recycle waste streams with popular programmes for oral care waste, coffee capsules and yoghurt pouches.

Visit to sign up to the programme and enter the competition.


How does it work?

It’s easy and free to participate in the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme. Interested individuals and groups can visit to sign up and obtain further information on the programme.

Individuals and groups can now recycle the following items as part of the GLAD® Food Storage Recycling Programme:

GLAD® Cling Wrap
GLAD® Snap Lock® Bags
GLAD® Zip Slide® Bags
GLAD® MatchWare® Containers

TerraCycle has already kept more than three billion pieces of food and beverage packaging and other waste from going to the landfill, and with its partners, donated over USD$15 million to charity and schools through its various programmes. TerraCycle is currently creating solutions for other difficult to recycle, but widely discarded, waste streams such as cigarettes and used chewing gum.

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling company that takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. It repurposes the waste into new materials and products. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s programmes and TerraCycle donates to individuals and groups for every piece of waste they collect and return.

About GLAD®

Keeping food fresh for longer is essential to everyone and Glad® has been creating innovative ways to protect food in New Zealand for the last 50 years! It’s a heritage we’re proud of and expertise you can count on. Whether you wrap it, bag it, or line it - we’ve got food covered and protected. We are GLAD®.

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