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 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 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 in Australia only via our Zero Waste Box website and many major retailers.

Municipal programmes

TerraCycle partners with many cities around the world to bring zero waste solutions to city inhabitants and visitors. These solutions range from municipal programmes for cigarette butts to curbside pickup through residential programmes.

Industrial Waste Solutions

TerraCycle partners with many manufacturing facilities around the world to help recycle hard-to-recycle waste. Does your facility have waste that is being sent to landfill or waste-to-energy? TerraCycle’s Industrial Waste Solution programmes range from recycling used safety equipment to large volumes of obsolete packaging.

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.

Loop

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

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.

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.

Are we there yet?

Do you pause with plastic poised over your waste bin, squinting to see recycling numbers, or question the compostability of a coffee cup? You have company. Colmar Brunton’s 2020 Better Futures report found 67% of us want more business environmental … Continue Reading

Cuisine · Jun 1, 2020

Recycling in 2020 with TerraCycle

Founded by Tom Szaky, TerraCycle is changing the way businesses handle their product waste. TerraCycle’s mission is to eliminate the idea of waste by using a new recycling process. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries with hundreds of recycling platforms that lead us closer … Continue Reading

Good Magazine · May 27, 2020

New Zealand Vape Recycling Programme Expands Into Homes

New Zealanders who vape can now responsibly dispose of their e-cigarette waste in two ways: drop off at Vapo and Alt. stores or send their collected waste for free through the post. Last December, leading vape suppliers, Vapo and Alt. … Continue Reading

Scoop · Mar 13, 2020

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.