On Monday, Taco Bell is announcing the expansion of their popular recycling program with TerraCycle to also collect and recycle any brand of sauce dipping cups, souffle cups/lids & coffee creamer pods. To make it official, the program has been renamed the Taco Bell Sauce Container US Recycling Program.

“Taco Bell’s category-wide recycling program, along with the added waste streams, allows fans to enjoy the convenience of their favorite on-the-go food, minus the waste,” said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. “By continuing to encourage consumers to rethink what is considered waste, Taco Bell is spreading awareness that solutions do exist for items that may not currently be recyclable – even if those items weren’t part of their meal at Taco Bell.”

 Participation in the program remains simple:

Sign up on the Taco Bell Sauce Container US Recycling Program page on TerraCycle.com

Collect any brand of empty sauce packets, souffle cups/lids, sauce dipping cups, and coffee creamer pods within any recyclable cardboard box that you already have on hand.

Once your collection box is full, log into your TerraCycle account to download and print a free UPS shipping label.

Send your shipment to TerraCycle to recycle the waste.

In other words? Sign up, sauce, send, repeat. Once collected, the waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic pellets that can be remolded to make new recycled products, such as durable outdoor picnic tables. Additionally, with every shipment sent to TerraCycle through the program, consumers can earn TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points that can be converted to cash and donated to the nonprofit, school or charitable organization of their choice, like the Taco Bell Foundation. Taco Bell Rewards Members who ship their sauce containers through TerraCycle with the same email address they use for their Taco Bell Rewards account will earn 80 Bonus Reward points through the month of May*.

“Expanding our TerraCycle partnership to recycle more than just sauce packets is the logical next step in reducing our waste,” said Missy Schaaphok, Director of Global Nutrition & Sustainability at Taco Bell. “Now our fans can enjoy products like our Nacho Fries and know that their sauce cups can be diverted from landfills.”

Originally launched in 2021, TerraCycle partnered with Taco Bell to help keep used hot sauce packets out of landfills. In the three years since the introduction of the recycling program, enough sauce packets have been collected and recycled that if they were stacked end to end, they would be 150 times as tall as the Golden Gate Bridge. 1

The Taco Bell Sauce Container US Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization.

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