PURA is: A Pact Collective Member
Pact collects hard-to-recycle packaging and finds the best and highest use for the material.
Hard-to-recycle packaging includes plastic packages smaller than a yogurt cup, squeezable plastic tubes, pumps, caps, colored glass, and other common beauty formats that are highly unlikely to be recycled in curbside programs (yes, even “single stream” bins). Municipal recovery facilities can’t process them, end-markets don’t want them, and the resin and packaging makers usually take ZERO responsibility for their products’ end-of-life.
So here we are.
Pact aims to find the highest and best use for the empty beauty packages we collect. We prioritize getting materials back into consumer packaging or durable goods over downcycling or chemical recycling. The least favorable option for packaging end-of-life is incineration, or “waste-to-energy.” We only do this when there is no other use for the package.
(Hey—don’t shoot the messenger! Join us to change this reality.)
Finish up your beauty products (dump any unused product into the garbage). Rinse or wipe clean the package. Ensure it is truly empty, as packages with product left inside go to the incinerator, not on to be recycled!
Check out the Pact’s Collection Guidelines to learn where this specific package belongs--in the Pact bin, in home recycling, or in the trash. Find a Pact Bin near you (we have one at PURA's Edmonton flagship store!) and toss in the Pact-approved clean empties
PURA x Pact recycle program
Drop off 3 (or more) items at PURA's flagship store for a maximum 500 PURA points per drop-off!
Please only bring in the hard to recycle items such as:
- Plastic bottles + jars (when SMALLER than a yogurt cup/fist)
- Droppers and applicators
Please refer to your local recycle guidelines to learn what is or is not recyclable in your area before dropping off at PURA (for example: coloured glass is recyclable in Edmonton recycling facilities, however is not recyclable in Spruce Grove).
Items that cannot be dropped off for the Pact program because they are recyclable at local facilities:
- PET plastic bottles
- clear & frosted glass