Why does the Zero Waste Box™ system cost money?

A question we get often is "Why does the Zero Waste Box system cost money?" The answer is simpler than you might think. 

Everything can be recycled! It’s a matter of someone being willing to pay for it. The Zero Waste Box system empowers individuals to fund their own recycling initiatives that go above and beyond what your local recycling services offer.

Many of our national recycling programs are free to use, but they do cost money. Brands and retailers partner with us to fund these programs. For products and packaging that don’t have a brand-sponsored program, you have the power to recycle everything and reduce what you send to landfill with a Zero Waste Box system.

The cost of recycling can be broken down into three main parts: transportation, processing, and recycling. In your typical curbside programs, your local government manages this. With the Zero Waste Box system, this is built into the price.

Let’s break this down:

  • Transportation: Shipping your products and packaging to us for recycling involves a courier. Part of the cost of your Zero Waste Box system goes toward the prepaid shipping label that comes with it.
  • Processing: Once we receive your Zero Waste Box, our warehouse team sorts your items by their material composition.
  • Recycling: The components are cleaned and then transformed into raw materials that can be used to manufacture new products. 

While the Zero Waste Box system may seem expensive, it is more than “just a box.” It is a way to recycle everything and keep your products and packaging out of landfills.

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