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.

How to turn your used PPE into a patio:

You can make one simple change in your workplace to reduce your carbon footprint and turn used PPE into recycled products.

The simple step you need to take: Get a Zero Waste Box™.

We’re working with TerraCycle to support their mission of recycling the ‘non-recyclables’ by distributing Zero Waste Boxes to our clients across Canada.

Your used PPE which would normally be disposed of in landfills could become playground surfaces, sheet metal or patio furniture.

MaterialRecycled Format
Polypropylene face masksPlastic lumber and composite decking applications
MetalsMetal sheeting
Elastane/rubber bandMixed with recycled plastics as an additive to give products flexibility
Disposable glovesFlooring tiles, playground surface covers and athletic fields

terracycle zero waste box for a facility

The problem with traditional recycling:

Less than 10 percent of the plastic used in Canada gets recycled.

There are a lot of limitations when it comes to recycling with a municipal blue box. Not all municipalities collect the same things so it’s difficult to know what is and isn’t recyclable.

What can you recycle with the Zero Waste Box?

The Zero Waste Box is designed to collect waste commonly found in facilities, manufacturing sites and offices. This includes:

  • safety equipment and protective gear
  • disposable masks
  • disposable gloves
  • hair nets, beard nets and ear plugs
  • disposable garments and coveralls, and
  • safety glasses.

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

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 including PPE from hospitals and medical centers. This includes materials contaminated with bodily fluids or blood.

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

  • lithium-ion batteries
  • pressurized canisters
  • pesticides
  • oil-based paint
  • organics
  • broken glass
  • soiled diapers, or
  • expired medication.

How is TerraCycle able to recycle PPE?

Single-use PPE is hard to recycle in traditional recycling systems because it costs more for local recyclers to collect and process than the resulting material is worth.

By purchasing a Zero Waste Box, you are funding the actual cost of collecting and recycling the materials. That way TerraCycle is able to recycle the hairnets, gloves and masks 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.

a used pile of disposable masks and gloves

How to get started:

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.

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Derek McEwen

Market Segment Manager, Fire Systems and Mining Technology

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