Announcing Terracycle - Filabot 3D Print Recycling Partnership

Announcing Terracycle - Filabot 3D Print Recycling Partnership

We recently announced our new partnership with Terracycle. This partnership brings us a new recycling option for our customers – the economical and responsible recycling of failed 3D prints.

The process is simple –purchase a recycling box from Filabot and we send it to you. Then fill it with 3D prints, failed or otherwise, and mail it to Terracycle using the included postage-paid label. Once received, they’ll responsibly recycle everything you send in. That’s it!

You can include prints of any type, of any kind of plastic, any diameter of filament. You can even recycle filament spools! This, of course, does not include 3D printers themselves, any electronic components or ink or toner cartridges.

If there’s one downside, it’s that this program is only available to our customers in the US. Boxes are available in three sizes and start at $85.

This program grew out of everything we learned in trying to recycle prints for our customers. It’s a complicated process, and with our equipment, we needed to separate the grades of filament and input a lot of time and energy. It didn’t yield great filament and cost us a tremendous amount of money – far more than we were charging customers.

With this Terracycle program, we’re supporting a global leader in recycling while simultaneously providing our customers with a service they’ve asked for since our inception. While we are committed to continuing our goal of recycling the widest range of plastics and building equipment that facilitates that for customers, there’s certainly need for this service.

We look forward to a strong relationship with Terracycle and welcome any feedback from our customers and community.

Please note that Terracycle will not accept household hazardous waste such as pressurized canisters, pesticides, oil-based paint or medical sharps, organics, broken glass, bio-medical waste, soiled diapers or expired medication. In addition, no items classified as sharps, flammable, reactive, corrosive, ignitable, radioactive, toxic, infectious, or pathogenic.


3 comments

  • Carl Campbell

    I called Teracycle to ask a few questions like how they process the plastics, if they need to be separated, who buys them, etc. They say that they combine all plastics into pellets which are sold in bulk to clients. I wasn’t able to get much more info about who might buy this kind of material, I’m guessing it’s sold very cheap as I have significant doubts as to the usefulness of a composite that could contain PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, PVA, PC, TPU, and more. The price is certainly right, 1.5 cubic feet of plastic (roughly the size of the small box) for $85 seems very reasonable, and I sincerely doubt Teracycle is making a killing on this transaction. A box that size would last me 6 months to a year and would certainly alleviate my conscience. That said I’m still not totally convinced they have fully thought out the process of 3D print recycling as their explanation page is very bare-bones, makes no mention of filaments that contain other materials like Carbon Fiber, Metals, or Wood which naive consumers may opt to throw in, or Resin from SLA printers. Seems obvious to me that you shouldn’t, but these technologies are more accessible than ever. More people doing it = more people who don’t know better. That’s why I think either the end product has to be nearly worthless or donated to charity projects. Having gotten as deep as I have into FDM printing, I just didn’t get the impression like they’re fully aware of the scope of variability in materials.

  • Ender

    You mean two downsides, $85 to have people send you Failed prints that you will turn around and sell again and make more $$, what a joke. Guess my failed prints will be going to a land fill. I know you scammers won’t approve this message, I just wanted to rant.

  • Clara

    When will this be available in Canada???

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