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How To Turn Trash Into Treasure With Terracycle

Updated on April 27, 2015

A Great Way To Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle!

Many of us are doing our part to recycle and "be green". But did you know that some items you may not think to recycle can actually be transformed into works of art? In this lens I will introduce you to Terracycle, a company that turns trash into treasure with the help of consumers!

What Is Terracycle?

Terracycle is a company that puts a whole need meaning to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Their mission is to help eliminate waste by recycling and upcycling previously non-recyclable items. With their various collections programs (most of which are free!) they are able to convert this waste into a large variety of products and materials. In fact, there are over 1,500 various products available from major retailers that Terracycle recycles. Many of the items collected also offer a donation amount per item to go towards charity! The company was founded in 2001 by a Princeton University Freshman by the name of Tom Szaky. Terracycle started off producing organic fertilizer and organic garden products, and has now become one of the fastest growing "green" companies around!

What Kinds Of Items Does Terracycle Upcycle And Recycle?

Terracycle collects and recycles non-recyclable waste including drink pouches, chip bags, toothbrushes, bicycle chains, and more! To view all the different items that Terracycle collects, click here!

What Does Terracycle Do With My Trash?

Terracycle upcycles and recycles your trash into various products and items. "Upcycling" is the process of taking an item you would otherwise trash or even recycle, and making it into a newly usable item!

Some of the great items that come out of your trash are plant food, insulated coolers, fencing, fertilizer, picture frames, backpacks, totes, lunch boxes, scrapbooks, clipboards, coasters, clocks, and the list just goes on and on!

How You Can Get Involved?

Terracycle is a great way to do something good for the planet and you can do this either as a household, as a group or organization, or both! Why not get your local schools to participate with a collection drive or see if your place of employment wants to initiate a Terracycle program of their own? Not only does it help spread the word about recycling, it gets people talking and involved in doing something good!

To sign up and learn more about how you or your organization can partner with Terracycle, please visit their website


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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      I am going to check out the website now. What a creative useful idea.

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      Christine V 4 years ago from Philippines

      Here in our country, I think I've seen a group recycle such products into slippers, too. Really good way on recycling and saving the environment.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      Am so glad to see this lens. Wasn't sure if others had interest in this; currently am trying to get this started at my nephew's school. Thanks for sharing!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I hope to get involved with Terracycle. Love the concept and reality of what they are doing. Very creative.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      My brother's school does this thanks to him heading the project. Great lens!

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      caffimages 6 years ago

      Looks like a great idea, but I'm in the Uk. We do have freecyle, where you can give away unwanted stuff to someone who needs it, and find stuff you're after for free.

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      textbookmommy 6 years ago

      @Quirina: Thank you for pointing this out! I have fixed the links and they should work now :)

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      Quirina 6 years ago

      This sounds really interesting! A small flaw: The links you posted to the company's website don't seem to work. No worries, I will find it, but I thought you might want to fix this. Thanks for sharing, in any case!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Haven't heard of this before, but what a fabulous idea. I'm lensrolling this and will feature it on my Earth Day Quiz lens.

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      TheRatRaceRebel1 6 years ago

      Great idea! I've never heard of Terracycle before. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      This is quite fascinating. It's amazing what can be done!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Just goes to show what can be done when we use our minds. Nice lens.

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      nichevalue 6 years ago

      I saw a special on this company and found the concept extremely interesting. Great use of what most people consider trash.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I'll have to check this out. Thank you!