How to Responsibly Dispose of Drink Pouches

A water bottle and perfume bottle made of plastic.

When it comes to disposing of drink pouches, it's important to know that they are not recyclable in most curbside recycling programs. This is because drink pouches are typically made of a combination of materials such as plastic and aluminum foil that are difficult to separate during the recycling process. However, there are alternative methods to avoid sending drink pouches to the landfill:

  1. 1. TerraCycle's Drink Pouch Brigade: TerraCycle is an organization that offers recycling programs for hard-to-recycle items, including drink pouches. They have partnered with various schools and organizations to collect and recycle drink pouches. Check their website to find a collection point near you.
  2. 2. Upcycling: Instead of throwing away drink pouches, consider upcycling them into various crafts and DIY projects. For example, you can use them to create wallets, pencil cases, or even jewelry.
  3. 3. Donation: If the drink pouches are still in good condition and have not been opened, you can consider donating them to local schools, community centers, or art programs that might use them for crafts or art projects.

Remember, drink pouches can pose a safety risk if they are not disposed of properly. Make sure to cut them open and rinse out any residual liquid before recycling or repurposing them.