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Cero Collection & Recycling

We're excited to announce both our Cero collection program and our partnership with TerraCycle recycling. You may have donated supplies to us in the past like boxes and jars. Now, we have a full list of everything we collect to repurpose, redistribute, or recycle. Find all the details below, and help spread the word to other folks looking to donate reusable supplies.

How to Donate: 

  1. Prepare your items for donation. Review the list below, follow instructions, and remove any items that don't meet criteria. Email hello@cerotucson.com or call/text us at 520-600-7664 with any questions.
  2. Call/text the number above to give us a heads up you'll be coming by, we'll just ask for your name and approximate time. We're here Thursday-Saturday 12-4pm, hours subject to change.
  3. Bring the donations* by our location at 228 S Tucson Blvd. Call/text when you arrive and we'll meet you curbside to collect the items. *All donations subject to review at time of drop off in the event we're overflowing with donations and run out of space :)

What Cero collects, repurposes, and redistributes: 

Glass Jars: Cleaned & with labels and glue removed. These jars may be used as Cero refill transport jars, added to our free-cycle bin, or donated to local nonprofits.

Boxes: In good condition, at least 6 inches in length. Boxes larger than 12 inches in length will typically be redistributed and given away for free. 

Mailers: In reusable condition. Paper or plastic is OK. Remember to open these with care rather than ripping open so they can be reused.

Packaging Materials: Packing paper, bubble wrap, air pockets, etc. Paper is always preferred. Remember to put "plastic-free shipping" in your order notes for all online shopping to keep less plastic in circulation and tell organizations plastic-free is in demand.

Plastic Utensil Kits: Unopened, unused packaged plastic cutlery. We can be your solution to the accumulation of unwanted plastic cutlery in your cupboard.

Empty Pill Bottles: Cleaned and with labels removed. For donation to local nonprofits and shelters

Totes & Backpacks: In new or used condition for donations.

Hygiene Products: In new condition for donation to local nonprofits

Fabric Scraps: Clean or lightly used. For Cero partners and community donations.


TerraCycle Collection In Tucson, Arizona

Cero is participating in the TerraCycle programs listed below. Collect, donate, and tell your friends that we're here to help keep these materials out of the landfill.  


 Acure Recycling

Donate packaging from Acure skin care and personal care products. Acure makes vegan products that are also paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free, formaldehyde free, cruelty free. Acure is available in Tucson at Natural Grocers, plus online. 


 BIC® Stationery Recycling

We can accept all sorts of stationery for recycling thanks to this recycling program. What can be recycled? "All brands of empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets, and flexible packaging. Correction (including Wite-Out® Brand) and free ink markers are not accepted." 


 D'Addario String Recycling

Recycling all types of instrument strings thanks to this program. Nylon, steel, and orchestral strings and clippings can be donated. Tucson being the musical town that it is, we're excited to collect all of your strings! 


 E-Waste Recycling

Accepted waste: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, iPads and tablets. Best practices for e-waste: Please restore your device to factory settings and remove any personal information prior to sending through this program. TerraCycle is not responsible for information on your devices; all information from electronics is removed, and hard drives will be removed and shredded. These items are not accepted: toner cartridges, chargers of any kind, cables, headphones/headsets, and laptop charging stations/ports.

What happens to the E-waste?

"Once collected, the electronic waste is shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. The metals are recovered in a smelting process. Click here to learn more about the recycling process."


All TerraCycle Recycling information sourced from TerraCycle.com