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Opt to Act - Simple Action #7: Recycle snack wrappers

Join REI in making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Action #7: Recycle snack wrappers in a Subaru Loves the Earth TerraCycle bin at your local REI.

You can now recycle snack wrappers at an REI store near you, thanks to a partnership with Subaru. As long as they’re clean, individual, multipack and family-size snack bags and wrappers, including chip, candy and granola wrappers, are all accepted. Collect all your snack wrappers and bring them with the next time you stop by REI.

We’d love to see and hear your ideas, your pictures, your successes and your challenges as you add this habit to your day-to-day life. Share below!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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I see this post is from The Before Times.  Is REI still providing receptacles in stores for recycling snack wrappers?  Thank you!


@dthb Thanks for reaching out!

This is a timely question as we have received several inquiries about this program recently.  Another user posted above in this conversation and we recently had a similar post, Snack wrapper recycling at REI. The Subaru Snack Wrapper recycling program is currently undergoing some updates in our local REI stores. You will need to reach out to your store to see if they currently have their Terracycle boxes out on their sales floor at this time. If they do not have them out yet the store should be able to let you know what their timeline should be.

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

Thanks, John!  I called my local REI and the associate confirmed there is a Terracycle box for snack wrappers right next to the entrance.  Huzzah! 

Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and adventure-filled new year of life for the entire REI Family!


Anyone have any guidance on cleaning snackbags without using a shocking amount of water? Is it better to just shake them out and leave the oil and minute crumbs or does that ruin the batch?



Thanks for reaching out!

We'll see if we can track down an answer to this question and circle back with you here in the community. Thanks for your patience!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

Hi @JennlovestheBWCA - We heard back from our sustainability team and having some grease/crumbs in your snack wrappers is okay! You wouldn't want to leave something like a half eaten protein bar in them, as that would invite pests and create odor, but the small stuff is to be expected and acceptable. 

Thanks for putting in the work to keep unnecessary items out of the landfill. Please come back to us if you have any more questions about the program! 

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.