TerraCycle® is a social enterprise on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste.
The recyclables we collect are aggregated at our facilities, mechanically and/or manually separated into fabrics, metals, fibers, and plastics, and sent to third party subcontracting facilities for processing and conversion work. Once converted into usable material, it is sent to a wide network of end-users who incorporate the recycled material into their final products.
Fabrics are reused, upcycled or recycled as appropriate. Metals are smelted into bars so they may be recycled. The fibers (such as paper or wood-based products) are recycled or composted. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletization to be molded into new recycled plastic products.
In terms of PPE waste, these materials are crushed into a densified crumb that can be recycled and used to make plastic lumber that is found in composite decking, outdoor furniture and plastic shipping pallets.
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!
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 back is included). Zero Waste Boxes™ are available for purchase via our Zero Waste Box™ website and many major retailers.
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.
TerraCycle's regulated waste division provides products and services to help you facilitate the effective and compliant management of regulated, universal and hazardous waste. This may include fluorescent lamps, bulbs, batteries, and e-waste as well as organic waste, medical waste and other waste streams that are potentially harmful to the environment.
From the minds at TerraCycle, Loop offers your favorite products in beautiful, counter-worthy containers that can be refilled again and again, changing the way the world shops. Buy trusted brands reimagined in durable packages conveniently delivered right to your door. Best part? We’ll pick up your empties and ship new when done.
TerraCycle's affiliated non-profit, the TerraCycle Global Foundation, is on a mission to address the complex challenges of the waste crisis in emerging countries around the world. In Thailand, their work is focused on collecting river plastics and debris from polluted waterways and engaging the local community. Launching in India next, they are partnering with local waste collector groups to recycle plastic sachet waste—an increasing litter problem. Learn about and support the mission at www.terracyclefoundation.org.
TerraCycle reuses, upcycles, and recycles waste instead of landfilling it. This moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy.
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Uxbridge, Ont., resident Eilish Neilly has had a love for planet Earth from a young age, and she is now heading a cigarette butt cleanup team in her hometown. This winter, Neilly found herself out of work, and when … Continue ReadingThe Globe and Mail (Online) · Apr 27, 2021
Uxbridge, Ont., resident Eilish Neilly has had a love for planet Earth from a young age, and she is now heading a cigarette-butt cleanup team in her hometown. This past winter, Ms. Neilly found herself out of work, and when … Continue ReadingThe Globe and Mail · Apr 27, 2021
How P&G, Maple Leaf Foods, Bimbo, Harvey’s and more are lessening their environmental impact. The North Face sets more ambitious environmental targets The North Face has always counted itself among the more planet-friendly fashion brands, but this year it’s announcing … Continue ReadingStrategy Magazine · Apr 22, 2021
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 80 million people, and recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms.
TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for social entrepreneurship and sustainable business.
TerraCycle is like no other waste management company in the world. Our offices around the world are made entirely from upcycled 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 critically acclaimed TV show, “Human Resources,” on Pivot, or look through our available careers and internships to experience it for yourself.