Truro’s Hard-to-Recycle Collection Points – Update

Have you ever wondered what to do with those spent biros, toothpaste tubes or empty crisp packets, and other hard-to-recycle plastic items? Then look no further than the following update on collection points serving the Truro area.

Recycling programmes are organised by hard-to-recycle specialists – TerraCycle – who work in partnership with different brands,manufacturers and retailers nationally, and in conjunction with a range of organisations who host the collection points. Funds raised from recycling these items are normally used to support charities or community-based activities.

All the programmes listed here have dedicated collection boxes on site (except Truro Community Fire Station – see below)

Crisp Packets Programme

Sponsored by Walkers, all brands of empty crisp packets are accepted.
The main collection point for Truro City Centre is now sited at :-

ShelterBox, Falcon House, Charles Street, Truro TR1 2PH where their Visitor Centre provides a great opportunity to find out more about the disaster relief work of this charity.

Collection boxes are located to the right of the visitors’ centre entrance. Please flatten packets before depositing.

Other collection points in the Truro area include :-

Truro Community Fire Station, Station Road, Truro TR1 3HA

Here donors are advised to “come around to the back of the station and leave crisp packets next to one of the back doors. Mark the bag ‘crisp packet recycling – send to Service HQ’ then that will make sure no one thinks it’s a bag of rubbish“!

Funds raised support the Firefighters Charity or “Prickles and Paws” – the Hedgehog Rescue Group. Please mark your bag/box according to the charity of your choice.

More information on the Fire Service’s involvement can be found by going to where you can also watch the video on the recycling process see what products the crisp packets are made into

Threemilestone Primary School also host a collection point for empty crisp packets.

They are located at Polstain Road, Threemilestone, Truro TR3 6DH – report to reception first.

Funds raised go towards School Projects. For Term Time dates visit


Oral Care Products Programme

Sponsored by Colgate, all plastic toothbrushes, spent tubes and caps, plus electric and battery toothbrush heads, and toothpaste cartons are accepted.

Visit Oak House Dental Practice, St.George’s Road, Truro TR1 3JE

Closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays, and between 1.00 and 2.00 pm.

Collection box in waiting room.

Oak House Dental Practice


Acuvue Contact Lens Programme

All types of contact lens, blister packs and foil covers accepted.

Visit Boots Opticians, River Street, Truro …collection box in store.

Boots Opticians

i Buntu Opticians also host a collection box for contact lens and related packaging.

Visit 66, Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN. Opening times are Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.30 pm and Saturday 9.00 – 1.00 pm

They also stock a selection of spectacles with frames made from recycled ocean plastic (Sea2See)

Unwanted spectacles can also be dropped off to help Vision Aid Overseas.

(note : their name is of Zulu origin meaning “humanity towards others”)


Writing Instruments Programme

This recycling partnership with BIC includes all brands of spent biros, marker pens, highlighters and fluid pots.

Kea Community Primary School hosts a collection box in their reception area for all types of biros, marker pens, highlighters and fluid pots.

They can be found in Kea on the Old Falmouth Road between Truro and Playing Place, Truro TR3 6AY

For Term Time dates visit

Please report to reception first. Any funds raised go towards School Projects

Kea Community Primary School


Pet Food Flexible Plastic Packaging

This programme run in partnership with Whiskas and James Wellbeloved, includes all types of flexible plastic pet food bags and pouches.

Visit UpCycle Kernow, Porteath Retail Park, Portreath TR16 4QL

Please use the large container sited outside building.

UpCycle Kernow

UpCycle Kernow are based well outside the Truro area, but is included here because pet food packaging makes for a considerable amount of black bag waste for many pet owners, so well worth the trip.

They also accept a wide range of other hard-to-recycle plastic packaging including Pringles cans. confectionery packets, biscuits/snacks packaging and KP nuts, popcorn and crisps – check the photo provided for full details ?

Set up as a Community Interest Company they also run reuse and recycling workshops – contact for more information. Funds raised go towards supporting their innovative work.


Bread Bags

TerraCycle have partnered with Hovis to provide a recycling service for all bread bags.

The Truro collection point is sited at Bosvigo Primary School, Chapel Hill, Truro TR1 3BJ

Please drop off bags at reception. Any funds raised go to the PTA to support School Projects
For Term Time dates visit


Note: If you are planning a visit to any of the above it is recommended you CHECK the opening times first. Schools are often open during term-time only.

The above is a selection of hard-to-recycle collection points serving the Truro area, but anyone wanting to check out all the Recycling Programmes offered by TerraCycle, can visit their website where most collection points on offer can be found.

Hard-to-recycle plastic collection points can change locations, or new ones can pop up locally to meet public demand for more recycling, so please watch this space for updates, or check the TerraCycle website.



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