Terracycle: Outsmarting Waste



Have you heard about Terracycle? Me either until today.  I caught a segment on CNN with CEO Tom Szaky on the mission of the company. Recycling is nothing new to the world, however, Terracycle is moving recycling to a new level by working to incorporate things that previously have not been thought of as recyclable.  Additionally, by building partnerships with major manufacturers, Terracycle can provide outlets for free recycling programs that benefit schools and non-profits. Terracycle refers to these as waste streams:

TerraCycle also runs free national collection programs that pay non-profits and schools TerraCycle has exclusive partnerships with major CPG companies such as Kraft Foods, Frito Lay (Pepsi), Stonyfield Farm, Mars Wrigley and many more. The partnerships create free collection programs that pay schools and non-profits nationwide to collect used packaging such as drink pouches, energy bar wrappers, yogurt cups, cookie wrappers, chip bags and more! The collected materials are upcycled into affordable, high quality products ranging from tote bags and purses to shower curtains and kites. In addition, TerraCycle works with these partners to find innovative uses for all of their waste streams and, by making products from these various waste streams, TerraCycle prevents 1000’s of tons of waste from going to landfills.

Most programs pay $.02 for each piece of recyclable material.  Individuals and schools can sign up to participate in one or as many programs as they would like.  I can only think of the amount of little bins that I could pull together to hold all os the sorted material that my house uses daily.

Check out Terracycle.net and see how you and your local schools can get involved. They even have curriculum materials available here.


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