New Jersey-based recycling company TerraCycle makes it easy to do good for the earth and for your favorite cause. With the financial support of brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world, TerraCycle offers free programs that allow anyone to collect hard-to-recycle waste and mail it in for free to be recycled, upcycled, or reused. By doing so, you can earn great rewards for your school or a nonprofit. To date, TerraCycle has paid out $4 million to charitable organizations for waste collected!
The products TerraCycle accepts are ones we use and discard every day—landfills are full of them. Don’t throw them away anymore. By joining programs (called “Brigades”) on TerraCycle’s website, you can print FREE UPS mailing labels to ship these items off to a place where they’ll get a second life.
What exactly is recyclable through TerraCycle? Quite a bit. Some of the current programs include:
- Air Care (air freshener cartridges, plugs, and packaging)
- Brita Products and PUR Products (pitchers, bottles, faucets, and filters)
- Cereal Bags (plastic cereal bags and box liners)
- Dental Care (toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers)
- Deodorant (containers and caps)
- Drink Pouches (like Capri Sun)
- Energy Bars (foil-lined energy bar/protein bar/granola bar packages)
- Haircare, Skincare, and Cosmetics (tubes, makeup compacts, sticks, and pencils)
- Snack Bags (full-size or individual bags for chips and other kinds of snacks)
For a complete and up-to-date list of recycling collection programs, visit TerraCycle’s website. As you browse, note that some programs (like Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program) only accept the packaging for a certain brand of a product for recycling, whereas many others (like the Energy Bar Wrapper Recycling Program: Clif Bar®) are sponsored by a company but accept all brands of that item for recycling.
Participating in TerraCycle is completely free. You also don’t have to collect a certain amount of items before mailing in; shipments can be any size. Finally, don’t worry if you are placed on a temporary waiting list when you sign up to recycle a popular item—TerraCycle will email you soon when they are able to accept your mailing.
If you’re interested in fundraising, check out the requirements for earning points for the collection program(s) you choose to participate in. You can redeem your points anytime toward a charitable gift or cash donation to any nonprofit, school, or charitable organization of your choice.
More than 2.5 billion pieces of waste have been sent to TerraCycle instead of the landfill. Join the bandwagon and start some TerraCycle collections in your home, school, or office and get others involved in the fun project of recycling and fundraising at the same time!