Plastic aligners can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills and can’t usually be recycled in community programs. At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, we’re dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment and wanted to find a way to change this. That’s why we’re taking part in the Invisalign Recycling Program powered by TerraCycle® and Align Technology. Thanks to this program, we can recycle your Invisalign aligners and plastic aligner bags, keeping them out of landfills and giving them a new life.
Recycling your Invisalign trays and aligner bags is easy. Simply follow the instructions below. Then, when you finish your treatment, bring all of your aligners in their bags to our office in Shorewood or Naperville. We’ll handle the rest!
Clean and rinse
When switching trays throughout your treatment, thoroughly clean and rinse the old tray and place it in the corresponding aligner bag.
As you progress through treatment, store/save all of the old trays until the end of treatment.
At the end of treatment, bring all trays to the office to start the recycling process.
What Happens to Your Aligners After They’re Recycled?
Once collected and sent to TerraCycle, your Invisalign aligners and plastic aligner bags will be sanitized, melted and reformatted into hard plastic. The raw material will then make its way to a manufacturing company. There, the plastic will be remodeled to create new recycled products, such as park benches and picnic tables.