Recycling is not a new concept to most people. People are now responding to the need for a greener planet by either reusing products around the home or recycling items they no longer wish to keep. People are doing a better job of rinsing out their plastic containers, glass bottles and aluminum cans for pickup by the recycling agency. More and more folks are bundling their newspapers and magazines for collection, rather than just throwing them away. But what about those items deemed “non-recyclable” or hard to recycle?
What if I told you that you could turn what you previously thought was “trash” into CA$H, and help the planet at the same time? That’s where Terracycle comes in!
Terracycle’s mission is to “eliminate the idea of waste”. The concept began back in 2001 when Tom Szaky was a college freshman at Princeton. A simple discovery with worms in a composting bin led to what Inc. Magazine called the “coolest little startup in America” in 2006.
How It Works:
The first thing you do is choose a waste collection program called a “brigade”. Currently, Terracycle has 40 different brigade programs. They range from potato chip bags to diaper packaging; from digital cameras to keyboards and laptops; from jewelry to drink pouches to flip flops!
Once you have a chosen a brigade and signed up (sign up at
) you download a free guide that will show you how to collect, store and ship the waste successfully. Most of the brigades offer free shipping via UPS. You simply download a collection label from your Terracycle account when the waste is ready for pickup.
Benefits to You:
The first benefit is obvious: keeping as much waste as possible out of the landfills. But they also offer a “points program” to their Terracycle Collection Facilities. These points can be redeemed as cash for the school or charity of your choice, or you can choose to select from a range of charity gifts that include providing meals and fresh drinking water, planting trees, and protecting endangered lands.
What Happens to the Waste?
I’m so glad you asked! The designers and scientists at Terracycle have found ways to recycle and upcycle the waste into some pretty cool products. These products range from plant food to bird feeders; clocks to picture frames; backpacks to totes and so many more! These products can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Target, and online. In fact, once you’re done with the items, they can be placed in the original brigade and you get credit for the waste a 2nd time.
The planet belongs to all of us and we share the responsibility of keeping it clean. This is a great project for schools, youth groups, boys and girls clubs, offices and others. You would be positively impacting the environment and helping out charitable organizations at the same time.
To learn more and find out how you can get involved, please contact Terracycle directly at 609-393-6766 or visit
. Help Terracycle “outsmart waste” today!