Plastic Up-cycling

We are inspired by the international Precious Plastics Project and have started our own plastic up-cycling program to up-cycle waste plastic in Terre Haute. 

What is plastic up-cycling?

Plastic up-cycling is a process where waste plastic is converted into a material of equal or higher value. This is different than traditional recycling efforts where the end product was of lesser quality and value, or down-cycling. 

Why up-cycle?

Our community uses a lot of plastic that goes to landfills and water ways that then wind up in oceans. Most of the country's plastic recycling programs ended when Asian countries such as China quit taking plastic waste. By up-cycling your plastic at the reTHink Up-Cycling Center, you will ensure that your plastic waste is not going to landfills or oceans. We will convert our plastic into useful items to be sold or utilized in the community. 

How it works

You can drop off your clean (no food residue) hard plastic of all types at our HQ building at 608 N 13th St, M-F 11-4.30 pm. There are a few bins outside the building. Please do not bring any other items (paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, etc.) at this time. Make sure all the plastic is clean and washed out and if the labels are easy to remove, please take them off before dropping them in the bins. Thank you!

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