Return packaging and prints for recycling

We all end up with failed prints now and then, or prints that just didn't work out as planned. 3D prints should not be placed in your regular curbside recycling bin. Instead, send them to us for recycling into new filament! :-) We even take back all the KiwiFil packaging for re-use!

We will happily accept discarded PLA and PETG prints for recycling. It is super important that the materials are separated and labeled. We also take back KiwiFil spools, KiwiFil boxes, KiwiFil plastic zipper bags, and desiccant packages for re-use (or recycling if they are too tattered to be re-used).

You will cover the cost of shipping, and if you like, we will give you store credit that can be used at www.KiwiFil.com:

- Discarded 3D prints: $1/kg
- Boxes and spools: $1/each
- Zipper bags: $0.25/each
- Desiccant packages and box/bag instruction card: $0.1/each.

Dos and Don'ts when returning 3D prints for recycling

Do

  • Separate and label the different materials. We currently only recycle PLA and PETG into new filament. If PLA and PETG gets mixed in the recycling process, the whole batch may be destroyed.
  • If you have more than just a few large pieces, please separate the colours; it will save a lot of work for us. Different shades of the same colour (for example red) can go in the same bag or box.
  • Include complete or failed prints, as well as support and wide brims.
  • You can include unused filament remnants, but please put them in a separate bag or box. Filament won't go though the regular shredder, instead it will be pelletized in our pelletizer machine.
  • Include any KiwiFil packaging you don't need anymore: empty KiwiFil spools, KiwiFil boxes, zipper bags, desiccant packages, and box/bag instruction cards. We will re-use them all. 
  • Mail it to:
    KiwiFil 3D Ltd.
    6B Piermark Drive
    Rosedale
    Auckland, 0632
    New Zealand
  • If you want to drop it off, send us an email first to make sure we are in. We often work afternoons and evenings, but we can be in at pretty much any time by appointment.

Don't

  • Don't include large amounts of "spaghetti", skirts, prime strings or other tiny tiny pieces among your prints. Instead, put these in a separate bag or box. They will either get tangled up in the shredder or fall right through it, so we have to handle them separately.
  • Don't include ANY metal parts - melt-in nuts, screws, old print nozzles, die cutters, steel wire etc. A single piece of metal can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the shredder or extruder.
  • Don't include any parts that has glue, paint, or materials other than PLA and PETG.
  • Don't throw your prints in the trash - send them to us for recycling instead! :-)