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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!

To date, over 202 million people are collecting in 21 countries and have collected billions of pieces of waste, raising over 44 million dollars for charities around the world.

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.

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.

Regulated waste recycling

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.

Event Services

TerraCycle provides comprehensive event services for businesses and organizations. We can assist you in every step of the way, from collection and recycling to promotion and sponsorship. Whatever your needs are, we will work closely with you to provide the best possible recycling solutions for your event. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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.

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.

Loblaws to sell products in reusable containers in Toronto-area trial

The containers, produced as part of recycling company TerraCycle’s Loop initiative, will at first only be available to customers shopping online. Loblaws will also pick them up and clean them once customers are done. While there’s no set date for … Continue Reading

NewsCaf · Jun 18, 2019

How Tokyo, Oslo and other world cities are leading the way on climate action

Solution? A company called TerraCycle collects and recycles a small amount. B.C. lets people drop these off at depots. It’s doing research on how to recycle it, and looking to turn some into fuel pellets. Others are also looking into turning the materials … Continue Reading

mySteinbach.ca · Jun 14, 2019

Hot and bothered: Provocative ideas from around the web

Solution? A company called TerraCycle collects and recycles a small amount. B.C. lets people drop these off at depots. It’s doing research on how to recycle it, and looking to turn some into fuel pellets. Others are also looking into turning the materials … Continue Reading

CBC News Network Online · Jun 14, 2019

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.

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.