TerraCycle

Eliminating the idea of waste

Who They Are

Recycle the non-recyclable with TerraCycle! From plastic coffee capsules, to plastic gloves, to cigarette butts–TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. Through their partnerships with individual collectors, retailers, manufacturers, and small businesses across 20 different countries, they’re able to sort, divert, and recycle millions of pounds of waste that would be going to landfills and incinerators.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a student at Princeton, Tom was inspired by the concept of eliminating the idea of waste–constructing a system where trash wasn’t trash, but new, reusable materials. Since then, TerraCycle has developed into the global leader in collecting and repurposing hard-to-recycle waste.

From their free recycling programs, to their Zero Waste Boxes, to their city-wide municipal waste collection programs, TerraCycle goes the extra mile to make our planet as waste-free as possible. Their free recycling programs, funded by some awesome brands and manufacturers, doesn’t just take your hard-to-recycle items–for every piece of trash recycled, you have the option to earn rewards for your school or favorite non-profit. To date, over 80 million people in 21 countries have helped to collect and recycle enough waste to raise over 21 million dollars for charities around the world!

Want to bring the power of TerraCycle into your home? With their Zero Waste Boxes, you can! Choose the waste stream you’d like to recycle, with options from office supplies to candy wrappers, purchase your preferred box size, and get collecting. When your Zero Waste Box is full, just use the prepaid shipping label to send it all back to TerraCycle to be recycled.


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Why We Like Them

Unlike any other waste management company on the planet, TerraCycle celebrates the unique potential found in every piece of “trash”. Their offices are constructed entirely from upcycled waste, with their walls covered in ever-changing graffiti from local artists.

By using only circular methods (reusing, upcycling, or recycling) to repurpose the waste they collect through their various programs, TerraCycle is actively promoting a more sustainable economy–while making a huge difference in our global waste. To date, they’ve encouraged 80,617,000 people to recycle with them, as well as recycling 4,104,054,370 pounds of waste, and raised $21,554,508 for charity. Plus, they promise to never landfill or incinerate your waste.

When it comes to waste, reusing (using something for its original purpose) is almost always the least energy intensive option. At TerraCycle, they bring reuse solutions to collected shoes, various forms of E-Waste, clothing, and much more. For things that can’t be reused, they aim to upcycle it–meaning the original intention of the product changes, but not the material composition. From sewing juice pouches into backpacks, chip bags into walking shoes, and granola wrappers into shower curtains, TerraCycle never stops innovating when it comes to their upcycled products.

For anything that can’t be reused or upcycled, TerraCycle will recycle it–meaning they recover the materials of the object to be made into something totally new. By volume, they recycle over 97% of the waste that they collect, turning them into awesome recycled content products.

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This product contains recyclable materials. It may be recyclable with curbside recycling collections, but might need to be sent to a special recycling facility. Contact your local waste-hauler or recycling facility for details. Appropriate facilities may not exist in your area.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

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