Join Our Recycling Club for Just $5 a Month

Recycle your 'unrecyclables' and support non-profits at the same time!

Pink Elephant Products is partnering with TerraCycle and other commercial recycling partners to help our customers and local businesses get closer to Zero Waste AND support non-profits at the same time!  You can bring us certain items that most municipalities do not recycle, such as juice bags and baby food pouches. We will collect and get these items to our partners for complete recycling.  


We are especially interested in the items listed below in bold pink print - these items earn points which are redeemed for donations to our non-profit partners.


Items can be dropped off at any of our four locations - our retail store in Detroit's North End, our corporate office in downtown Detroit, our Royal Oak office, or our Midtown Detroit Production Facility.  We are currently operating BY APPOINMENT ONLY at all locations.  You can book a drop-off appointment online HERE.



The fee for our recycling program is $5 per month when you join our Recycling Club. This nominal fee helps cover the cost of shipping, processing, storage, and sorting.  Please note that the monthly recycling club fee applies to INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS ONLY. We are NOT able to accept items from the collection programs of other retail stores, municipalities, multi-unit housing (apartment) complexes, non-profit groups, offices, social clubs, churches, etc. at this time.  Please help keep our program affordable by not abusing this policy.   


$10 monthly fee for once-weekly compost drop-off during store hours of up to 6 gallons plus one free box of 3 or 7 gal. compost bags each quarter.  


Join our Zero Waste Champion Club and bring us both your compost and recycling, plus enjoy additional benefits!  Pay the monthly subscription fee for both the compost and recycling clubs in one lump annual payment at $30 less than 12 months of the monthly rate.  You'll still receive one box of compostable bags per quarter PLUS a countertop compost bin!


When you join one of our clubs, you get access to our exclusive Recycling Hotline.  If you have an item you're unsure about recycling or composting, text us a picture of your item and we'll let you know!  The number will be provided to you when you sign up.

Click the images below to subscribe to a club or learn more!

















Please help us keep this program affordable and sustainable by NOT bringing us items that are not on our list.  We encourage you to contact us if you have questions about what is accepted. Unfortunately, not all plastic is recyclable, and not all brands have committed to making sure that there is a way to recycle their products’ packaging.  Unless the brand is SPECIFICALLY mentioned, we do not accept flexible stand-up plastic pouches, which are a very popular form of consumer product packaging. Please note that we do not take ALL brands of pet food bags, we do not take ALL Amazon shipping envelopes (the manila envelopes lined with bubble wrap are not accepted), and we do not accept ANY items that should go in your curbside bin.  Dirty or wet items are not accepted and will be thrown away - all items, including plastic bags, must be clean and dry.  We do not accept ANY packaging that has held raw or cooked fish as it is nearly impossible to remove the smell.

Click the button at the bottom of this page for a downloadable/printable list of items we take for recycling.


  • NEW!  Disposable surgical masks and gloves (from individuals, NOT medical facilities)

  • NEW!  E-waste (cell phones, smartphones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, iPads, tablets, HP and Canon ink jet cartridges ONLY).  See information below for printers, cables, bulbs, batteries, charger/other cords, and other plug-in electric items.

  • NEW! EPE Foam (Expanded Polyethylene Foam) – NOT the same thing as EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), also called Styrofoam, but we do also take EPS/Styrofoam.

  • Plastic film and plastic bags (grocery and newspaper bags, Ziplock bags, bubble wrap and air cushions, cereal bags, bread bags, multipack wraps such as bottled water and cans. NO frozen food bags, cellophane, food bags such as shredded cheese bags, salad bags, etc.)

  • ALL packaging from ALL brands of vitamins, minerals, and supplements; cough, cold, pain, and flu medicine; sexual well-being, personal care, and foot care products; and infant formula and child nutrition.

  • ALL BRANDS of performance nutritional packaging including protein bars and powders, energy chews packets; energy gel packets; hydration, recovery, and energy drinks

  • ALL disposable coffee and soda cups 

  • ALL BRANDS dental care products (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss, mouthwash bottles, etc.)

  • ALL BRANDS Drink Pouches/Juice Bags (Capri Sun, etc.)

  • ALL BRANDS Squeezable Baby Food/Snack Food Pouches

  • ALL BRANDS of Snack Bags (Family-size snack bags, individual snack bags, and multipack snack bags) and ALL BRANDS of Energy Bar Wrappers

  • ALL BRANDS of disposable razors and packaging

  • Old/broken holiday string lights

  • ALL BRANDS of  PERSONAL CARE, SUPPLEMENT, AND MEDICAL PACKAGING, INCLUDING OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES (examples: deodorant, shampoo, antacids, vitamins, acne cream, hair spray, etc)

  • TEVA sandals (broken or worn out TEVAS that cannot be donated are fine)

  • Bras (damaged, torn, stained, unable to be donated bras are fine)

  • ALL Burt’s Bees brand packaging

  • ALL EPS - expanded polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam – take-out food containers, meat trays, product packaging, cups, egg cartons, etc.

  • Arm & Hammer/Oxi-Clean Pouches

  • Barilla Ready Pasta Packs

  • ALL Bimbo Bakery/Bread Packaging (Parent company of Thomas, Sara Lee, Arnold, Brownberry, Entemann’s, Ballpark, Beefsteak, Boboli, and Nature’s Harvest).  We do take ALL bread bags, but these particular brands help earn money for nonprofits. 

  • BRITA Disposable water filters (PUR is no longer accepting filters for recycling)

  • Better Natured Personal Care Packaging

  • CALBEE Pouches

  • Candles - Yankee Candle, Woodwick Candle, and Chesapeake Candles

  • ALL glass candle containers (even with wax and wicks left in the bottom!)

  • Chewed Gum (please place in a tightly sealed plastic Ziploc-type bag)

  • Chippin Snacks for Dogs

  • Entenmann's Little Bites Packaging

  • Wax Crayons 

  • Cerebelly Brand packaging

  • ALL flexible plastic cheese packaging (shredded cheese pouches, string cheese wrappers, outer plastic wrap around blocks of cheese).  NO hard containers (ie, no cream cheese tubs, Cheez Wiz cans, etc.)

  • FEBREZE packaging, including aerosol cans

  • Guardian Pet Food

  • Gerber Brand baby food packaging

  • Glow Recipe cards/packaging

  • Earthborn Holistic Pet Food and Treat Packaging

  • Dawn Dish Soap/Oil of Olay/Old Spice Soft Packs

  • Bausch and Lomb Contact Lens Packaging

  • EOS brand cosmetics/personal care packaging

  • HAOMA Skin Care

  • Happy Family Organics

  • HASBRO brand ONLY toys and games (broken, non-donatable due to condition, etc.)

  • Havens Kitchen

  • Healthy Cell Gel Packs

  • HFactor Water Puches

  • Herbal Essences brand packaging

  • I And Love You Pet Food

  • Josie Maran cosmetics packaging

  • LimeLife by Alcone

  • Living Proof brand hair care products

  • LOL Surprise toys (ALL packaging and toy material)

  • Lundberg Family Farms food packaging

  • North Coast brand packaging

  • Mad Hippie brand personal care and cosmetics

  • Mountain House brand packaging

  • MyKirei by KAO brand hair/personal care/cosmetics

  • Once Upon A Farm brand packaging

  • Nature’s Heart Pouches

  • NBD Brand Cleaning/Household Supplies

  • NOW brand packaging

  • Open Farm brand pet food packaging

  • Reusable bags - shopping totes, conference/trade show swag bags, etc. (damaged/torn is acceptable.  We also accept bags in good condition - feel free to bring in your bags if you find you have far too many!) 

  • Rodan & Fields packaging

  • Rubbermaid containers (no matter the condition)

  • ALL Kroger Simple Truth packaging

  • Arbonne packaging

  • Tailored Pet Food

  • Textiles (fabric scraps, torn/stained clothing, rags, etc.)

  • ALL Tom’s of Maine packaging 

  • Swiffer refill pads - yes, even if they're used and dirty! (All pads includingWet, Dry, XL, WetJet, and Duster)

  • Wellness brand pet food packaging

  • ZURU Bunch O Balloons


Recycling of light bulbs (CFLs, LEDs, incandescent bulbs), alkaline and rechargeable batteries, and e-waste NOT included in the e-waste stream accepted above (such as monitors, TVs, including cathode ray (CRT) TVs and monitors) is available but is NOT part of the Recycling Club monthly fee and is ONLY  available to Recycling Club or Zero Waste Champion Club members.  Alkaline batteries are $1.50 per pound. We work with commercial for-profit recyclers with a no landfill, no burning commitment to recycling materials as sustainably as possible.  Please take advantage of this program ONLY if you are unable to take your materials to your municipal drop-off facility.  We do NOT receive grants, outside funding, or municipal contracts to get these materials recycled - our nominal fees help offset the costs of sorting, storing, shipping/transporting, and getting these materials actually recycled.