Levitt-Safety Blog

Recycle PPE at work with a Zero Waste Box™

Derek McEwenMarket Segment Manager, Fire Systems and Mining TechnologyApril 21, 2021

Canadians have been using a lot more plastic since COVID-19 started and traditional recycling methods cannot recycle most of it.

But these items don't have to end up in a landfill or the ocean.

Recycle your used PPE in one simple step

Reduce your business's carbon footprint and turn used PPE into recycled products with a Zero Waste Box

Your used PPE could become playground surfaces, sheet metal or patio furniture.


Recycled Format

Polypropylene face masks

Plastic lumber and composite decking applications


Metal sheeting

Elastane/rubber band

Mixed with recycled plastics as an additive to give products flexibility

Disposable gloves

Flooring tiles, playground surface covers and athletic fields

What can you recycle with the Zero Waste Box?

You can use the Zero Waste Box to collect waste commonly found in facilities, manufacturing sites and offices, including:

  • safety equipment and protective gear
  • disposable masks
  • disposable gloves
  • hairnets, beard nets and earplugs
  • disposable garments and coveralls, and
  • safety glasses.

You can even recycle candy wrappers, shoes and cigarette butts.

terracycle zero waste box for a facility

How does recycling with TerraCycle work?

The process is simple. You will be recycling in four quick steps.

  1. Order your Zero Waste Box from Levitt-Safety.
  2. Collect a full box of accepted materials.
  3. Ship the box to TerraCycle using a prepaid return label.
  4. Sit back and relax – TerraCycle will do the rest.
how terracycle works?

Are there any restrictions?

TerraCycle does not collect hazardous or medical waste from hospitals and medical centres. This includes materials contaminated with bodily fluids or blood.

TerraCycle will not accept household items that may be considered hazardous waste. This includes things such as:

  • lithium-ion batteries
  • pressurized canisters
  • pesticides
  • oil-based paint
  • organics
  • broken glass
  • soiled diapers, or
  • expired medication.
    a used pile of disposable masks and gloves

    How is TerraCycle able to recycle PPE?

    Single-use PPE is not generally recycled because it costs more for local recyclers to collect and process than the resulting material is worth.

    By purchasing a Zero Waste Box, you fund the actual cost of collecting and recycling the materials. That way, TerraCycle can recycle PPE that would otherwise end up in landfills or the ocean.

    TerraCycle sorts the waste based on categories of material composition. They then send the materials to third-party processing partners to recycle the materials.

    Sign up for a Zero Waste Box:

    You can start recycling PPE (and making patios) by filling out the form below. A member of our team will contact you and get a box sent out.