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Product Breakdown: TerraCycle Zero Waste Box

Recycling is one of the best things you can do for the environment. It reduces landfill waste and diverts litter from the world’s oceans (hit with 10-20 million tons of plastic pollution every year) and prevents them turning into microplastics, tiny plastic particles that impact animals, natural ecosystems and, ultimately, humans. The eco action also conserves natural resources, offsetting the need to mine the planet for new, “virgin” materials.

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Most of us have some experience with recycling, learning about it in school, growing up with it in the home, and understanding it to be an easy way to do good by the planet.  But an issue plaguing recycling efforts is the fact that only certain waste is accepted for recycling while the rest has to be thrown away. Public recycling systems cannot handle many of today’s most common waste streams we interact with on a daily basis. Thus, most items are sent to landfill, where they can take years to break down.

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Enter TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes, easy-to-use recycling boxes for households, individuals and businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact. The Zero Waste Box platform provides solutions for nearly every difficult-to-recycle waste stream that cannot be recycled through regular municipal recycling programs.

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Coffee capsules, plastic packaging, disposable cups and cutlery, candy and snack wrappers, writing instruments, alkaline batteries, shipping materials, ink and toner cartridges, drinking straws and more can be easily and effectively recycled through the Zero Waste Box platform.

Here’s how it works: Select the size and type of box needed, fill with the appropriate waste stream, and ship the box back to TerraCycle using the pre-paid shipping label once full. Once collected, TerraCycle separates and processes the products and packaging by material to prepare them for use in new production.

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In addition to Zero Waste Boxes for specific waste streams, the product line also offers room-specific solutions for waste generated in bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens or breakrooms. The most popular and all-inclusive of these solutions, the All-In-One Zero Waste Box, accepts nearly every type of waste from every room in the home or business without the need for separation or sorting. Available in different sizes, this no-separation option takes the guesswork out of recycling, no matter where you live.

We believe that making a positive impact through recycling can be convenient and accessible. TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box platform seamlessly integrates sustainability into the home, office, facility or event by making it easy to recycle life’s most common waste items. Conscious consumption considers the full lifecycle, sourcing to end-of-life, and we are pleased to offer TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes as a way to reduce your individual impact.

5 thoughts on “Product Breakdown: TerraCycle Zero Waste Box

  1. Does TerraCycle address consumption–buying products with less packaging and just buying less–in its education programs and events?

    I know there is no going back to “pre-plastic” living but I’d like to see the development of biodegradable and re-usable solutions to bringing home the stuff we do consume.

    Thanks for the Comments board. And especially for doing what you do!!

    1. Hey Nancy,

      TerraCycle is all for consuming less, and works to educate consumers and manufacturers about using less plastic in all ways! However – their specialization is finding ways to recycle the hard-to-recycle materials that most city’s recycling centers can’t handle. They also partner with big brands like Garnier and Toms of Maine to help them recover their own product packaging and turn it into something new! We hope that by learning about the hard-to-recycle items these brands are producing, they’ll continue to make progress towards plastic free or widely recyclable packaging!

    1. Hi Crystal,

      Unfortunately, EarthHero does not currently offer international shipping, so we could not ship the TerraCycle box to your location. We hope to change this in the future, so stay tuned!

  2. This is fantastic! I recycle but as you know small plastics don’t get recycled. So what do I do with plastic straws, knives, sporks, packaging, bottle caps etc. I keep them separate then fill plastic bags with the stuff. Then I have to hide it in the basement because my wife doesn’t get it lol. This is a great solution!

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