About TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste.

Collection Platforms

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

Free Recycling Programmes

TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programmes 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 and recycling in 21 countries and have collected billions of pieces of waste, raising over 44 million dollars for charities around the world.

Zero Waste Box™ Solution

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

Municipal Programmes

TerraCycle partners with many municipalities around the world to bring zero waste solutions that  range from municipal programmes for recycling cigarette butts to kurbside programmes to recycle hard-to-recycle materials.

Industrial waste programmes

TerraCycle partners with many manufacturing facilities around the world to help recycle hard-to-recycle waste at the facility level. Our programmes 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

If you’d like to involve TerraCycle® in one of your events we’d be happy to discuss the different options with you. Our services vary in pricing depending on your needs - from keynote speakers to on-site Zero Waste Boxes™. Speak to our Customer Support team today, who will work closely with you to provide the best recycling solutions we have to offer. We may even connect you with one of our most active collectors, local to your area. If you’re simply looking for some essential tools and resources for your event, you can always access these for free here, including posters, guides, and videos.

Loop

With the introduction of Loop in the UK, TerraCycle® is revolutionising the way we shop. Shifting away from environmentally harmful, single-use product packaging, Loop creates sustainable new packaging solutions. Customers can enjoy their favoruite products from popular consumer brands in refillable containers, delivered directly to their home. Loop then provides an empty container collection service and product refills as required.

TerraCycle Global Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit

TerraCycle®'s affiliated non-profit organisation, 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, which is an increasing litter problem. Learn about and support the mission at www.terracyclefoundation.org.

The TerraCycle solution

TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it. This moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy.

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.

Packaging, the beauty industry’s new arms race

The most common critique of luxury beauty is that we’re just “paying for the packaging”. The cream or lotion inside, so we’ve been told, is but a sliver of the total cost, and the inflated markup is thanks to the … Continue Reading

www.ft.com · Feb 16, 2021

Down the tubes: should you brush your teeth with toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are marketed as a plastic-free, more portable oral care solution – James Shackell bites down in search of a better brush While enterprises like TerraCycle offer collection-points for oral care products, plenty still end up in landfill. Moreover, many toothpastes – roughly half according … Continue Reading

www.theguardian.com · Feb 14, 2021

Six easy ways to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly – from simple swaps to handy recycling schemes

Approximately eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans each year, and just nine per cent of plastic is recycled worldwide. And the beauty industry – with its large amount of packaging and non-recyclable items such as … Continue Reading

www.ok.co.uk · Feb 4, 2021

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 60 million people, and recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms.

Awards

TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. 

Inside TerraCycle

​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 ever­changing 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.