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Learn about TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste.

Collection Platforms

TerraCycle offers a range of free programs that are funded by conscientious companies, as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste.

Free Recycling Programs

TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programs you’d like to join; start collecting in your home, school, or office; download free shipping labels; and send us your waste to be recycled. You can even earn rewards for your school or favorite non-profit!

Free recycling programs

To date, over 63 million people are collecting in 20 countries and have collected billions of pieces of waste, raising over 15 million dollars for charities around the world.

Zero waste boxes

Zero Waste Box™ platform (purchase required)

TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box™ platform allows you to recycle almost any type of waste, from your coffee capsules to complex laboratory waste. Choose the waste stream you’d like to recycle, purchase your preferred box size, collect your waste, and send it to TerraCycle to be repurposed (shipping is included). Zero Waste Boxes are available for purchase via our Zero Waste Box website and many major retailers.

Municipal programs

​TerraCycle partners with many municipalities around the world to bring zero waste solutions that range from city-wide programs for recycling cigarette butts to curbside programs to recycle hard-to-recycle materials.

City recycling
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Industrial waste solutions

​TerraCycle partners with many manufacturing facilities around the world to help recycle hard-to-recycle waste at the facility level. Our programs range from helping to recycle large volumes of packaging scrap to personal safety equipment. We also provide zero waste consulting and closed-loop R&D support.

The TerraCycle solution

TerraCycle recycles and upcycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it, which is a significantly better solution for waste than traditional methods. We also provide “waste” with a new life, creating usable new products out of items that would have simply been thrown out.

Terracycle solution

In the News

The latest newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, and social content can be found below.

If you are a member of the media and would like to learn more about TerraCycle, please visit our Media Room.

Toronto Startup Helps Divert Coffee Pods From Local Landfills

Every year, more than 10 billion coffee pods wind up in North American landfills — enough, in fact, to circle the globe more than 10 times over.   That’s due, in large part, to the fact that while Keurig, Tassimo … Continue Reading

Etobicoke Guardian online · Dec 15, 2016

Win the Staples Superpower School contest!

Ten environmentally conscious schools across the country will each earn $25,000 worth of new technology from Staples Canada as part of the retailer’s Superpower your School Contest. Schools are invited to enter the contest at Staples.ca/PowerEco and share their eco initiatives … Continue Reading

West Coast Families · Dec 12, 2016

THE FUTURE OF RECYCLING: TERRACYCLE

Remember in school when you learned about the three “R’s? You know…reduce, reuse, recycle? (In case you forgot!)   Our kids are learning all about this too, but it’s changed. Recycling isn’t just putting your cans and bottles in the … Continue Reading

The Nutritionnaire Blog · Dec 10, 2016

History

TerraCycle was founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a student at Princeton University, on a mission towards Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. From these humble beginnings TerraCycle has grown into the global leader in collecting and repurposing hard-to-recycle waste: operating in over 20 countries, engaging over fifty million people, and recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms.

Awards

TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for social entrepreneurship and continues to bring affordable recycling solutions for many waste streams that were previously non-recyclable.

Ebj
Schwab
Un
Forbes impact 30
Cgi clinton global initiative logo
Halo
Inc500
Brilliant100
Environmental protection agency
Parentin mom tested
Top product of the year resized
Entrepreneur 360

Inside TerraCycle

TerraCycle is like no other waste management company in the world. Our global offices are made entirely from repurposed waste, our walls are covered in ever-changing graffiti from local artists, and we thrive on a culture of transparency and high-energy innovation. To see a day in the life of a TerraCycle employee, tune in to our TV show, “Human Resources,” on Pivot, or look through our available careers and internships to experience it for yourself.

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