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Shredding a myth about recycling: It’s time to tackle first-use plastic cards

Mastercard being dropped of at a recycling bin

Mastercard sees a future where all plastic cards can be recycled easily to make a small but meaningful dent in the plastic pollution crisis. The innovation and collaboration that produced the payment cards we carry today can and should be harnessed to dispose of them in a secure and sustainable way. That’s why Mastercard is establishing a blueprint for card recycling that can be replicated across the world, and is asking their global network of partners to help put it in place, starting in the U.K. with HSBC, now offering card recycling at select branches. Cardholders can drop off expired payment cards into secure collection boxes inside bank branches, where the cards will be shredded, and the shredded waste shipped to a recycling partner.


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