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.