Philips launches Dental Care Recycling Programme

Every year millions of dental care products end up in landfill and incineration across the UK. To help reduce this, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Terracycle® have teamed up to pilot a Dental Care Recycling Programme. The national scheme aims to invite dental professionals to sign up, becoming a place that patients can dispose of their dental waste in an environmentally friendly way. Collecting and recycling these items through the programme diverts waste from landfill and incineration whilst enabling dental practices to raise money for charitable organisations.


This scheme allows dental professionals the ability to help patients to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way, when registered patients next visit their practice. Items that can be recycled include: electric toothbrush heads and covers, electric flosser nozzles, flossing sticks, interdental brushes, and dental floss containers, from all brands.


Dental practices can participate by setting up a free TerraCycle® account and submitting a request to receive a recycling collection box. Patients can then drop off their used dental care items in the collection box when they next attend an appointment. When the collection box is full, the dental practice can log into their TerraCycle account and request a pre-paid shipping label to send back the collected used dental care products to be recycled. The programme offers 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of dental care products sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 2 kilograms. The points can be redeemed as financial donations to a charity or school of choice.


All waste collected as part of this programme will be shipped to the TerraCycle® warehouse where it will be recycled into new products.


This programme already has nearly 200 locations signed up to the scheme and Philips welcomes further dental practices to participate.

To find out more about the programme and to sign up, please visit:





About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle ( is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with over one hundred major brands in twenty-one countries across the globe to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s National recycling programmes, which are free fundraisers that pay schools, charities and non-profits for every piece of waste they collect and return.

TerraCycle launched in the UK ( in September 2009 (its first market in Europe) and today operates in 12 European markets (UK, ROI, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark). In the UK TerraCycle currently runs collection programmes for over 40 types of waste which can’t be accepted by local council run recycling systems.

Currently more than 5,380,000 individuals and organisations across the UK have signed up to collect, which to date has diverted over 156 million items of packaging waste from landfill while earning over £1,505,000 for schools, charities and non-profit organisations

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