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About TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle 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 in 20 countries have helped to collect and recycle enough waste to raise 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.

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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.

Commercial Services & Route Logistics

TerraCycle's Commercial Services Team partners with mobile, service-based companies to enhance their platforms with our unique recycling programs. TeraCycle can work with your sales team to add value to end clients through our unique recycling services.

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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 events.us@terracycle.com for more information.

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.

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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.

Utilizing Recycling Resources in the Home and Classroom

Young people’s perspectives on consumerism change from one generation to the next. The “GI Generation” was raised during the Great Depression when money was tight, resources were low and everything was valuable, so things got reused. “Baby Boomers” came of … Continue Reading

Huffington Post · Nov 17, 2017

U.N. salutes Trenton firm for repurposing plastic waste collected from ocean

TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky shows a shampoo bottle made with recycled plastic collected from beaches and oceans. (Phil Gregory/WHYY) The United Nations has recognized a Trenton-based recycling company for creating a shampoo bottle that’s made with plastic waste collected from … Continue Reading

WHYY.org · Nov 15, 2017

NJ Recycling Company Gets United Nations Award

A Trenton-based recycling company has received an award from the United Nations for creating a shampoo bottle that’s made with plastic waste collected from beaches and waterways.

WBGO.org · Nov 15, 2017

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.

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Schwab
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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 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.

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