Ask TerraCycle Founder Tom Szaky Anything!

Join us Friday, October 3rd at 12pm EST!

Want to know how TerraCycle got its start? How did a Princeton University undergrad speed his was to successful entrepreneur? What does the TerraCycle headquarters look like? What are the best upcycling tips for beginners? What did Tom Szaky have for lunch?


Feel free to ask all these questions and more this Friday, October 3rd at 12pm EST in our live, interactive, free webinar with the founder of TerraCycle himself, Tom Szaky! Back by popular demand, we put you in touch with our CEO to get inspiration and tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle from the man who popularized it.

Register at this link: and be ready to ask Tom anything Friday at noon!

We’re putting you in touch with Tom himself, but at anytime, you are able to reach out to us at our following social media presences:

New Episode of “Human Resources” Airing Tonight!

“Human Resources: Oh Baby”

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Our docu-comedy, “Human Resources” is on tonight at 10pm EST airing on Pivot TV! This week, the team tackles a new and challenging project: the recycling of dirty diapers.


Diapers generally go straight to the landfill, filling them up with millions of tons of untreated sewage. Instead of filling our Earth with fecal matter, the TerraCycle team tries to discover a way to recycle those dirty diapers. To demonstrate just how much they contribute to the world’s waste, here are some diaper demographics:

  • 5 million tons of diapers are sent to landfills each year
  • A full-time diapered baby averages between 5,000-8,000 diaper changes before the completion of potty training
  • 95% of American babies wear disposable diapers
  • Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill
  • Disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose
  • Decomposing diapers release methane into the air; high concentrations of the gas can be explosive and flammable


A significant percentage of the waste in landfills belong to used diapers, so an advancement in the recycling technology of this product would be life changing, but also a great challenge—who would want to ship trucks full of dirty diapers to be recycled? This is just one of the obstacles the TerraCycle team encounters during this task.

Speaking of dirty diapers, this episode of HR celebrates one of our employee’s pregnancies with a beach-themed baby shower! Tune in tonight to get a look at the diaper-madness with TerraCycle, and don’t forget to download a free UPS label to send your trash:


Want to recycle cigarette butts? No problem!


TerraCycle and New Orleans team up to recycle the city's cigarette butts

Photo: waferboard/Flickr

Recently, TerraCycle embarked on a partnership with Vancouver and New Orleans, making them the first cities in the world to start a city-wide cigarette recycling program. We’re extremely excited about it, but recycling cigarettes isn’t anything new to us. We’ve been doing it since 2012! And, even if you don’t live in either of these cities, you can still be a part of this recycling revolution.

Back in late 2012, our CEO, Tom Szaky, wrote a blog post for the New York Times about the collection program. There’s always debate within the company about who TerraCycle should partner with, and working with the tobacco industry could have been a risky move. But, as Tom points out, there’s no perfect product. The food, clothing, and cosmetic industry has all come under fire at one point or another, and yet we still work with them to help make their products greener. So why not cigarettes?

In the U.S., TerraCycle works with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco to collect cigarette butts. Each time a Brigade members sends in a pound of cigarette waste, we donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful. We then shred and separate the waste, composting the organic materials and turning the inorganic ones into plastic products!


Check out the original article here!

Overcoming the Recycling Challenges of Mixed Material Packaging

Tom’s New Blog Post via Industry Intelligence

Tom-Szaky-300x288 Nowadays, K-Cups are the most popular way to have your coffee. It is so simple and convenient—just pop one of those handy, individual-serving cups into your Keurig, add water, and in second you have a piping fresh cup of coffee, and you toss that little package into the trash without thought. k-cups But did you know that the K-Cup packaging is very difficult to process through curbside pick up? As a result, landfills are piling up with these tiny cups that are very difficult and expensive to recycle.   Check out Tom’s latest blog post via Industry Intelligence, entitled “Overcoming the Recycling Challenges of Mixed Material Packaging” to learn more about Keurig’s recycling efforts and the difficulties associated with recycling these materials.

Get an Inside Look at the Trashiest Office in Jersey

Get an Inside Look at the Trashiest Office in Jersey

Photo by Matt Hickman

Photo by Matt Hickman

As members of the TerraCycle team, we’ve grown used to the zany atmosphere we work in every day. We barely blink at the sculptures made of wine corks or the desks made of record players. But what does our garbage wonderland look like to those on the outside?

Blogger Matt Hickman does a great job of breaking down exactly what we do here at TerraCycle with all of the waste that you send us. We collect post-consumer waste (what’s left over after you’ve used your product) through our Brigade programs, which are typically sponsored by major corporations. We collect everything from tooth brushes to shoes to wine corks. We then either recycle or upcycle these materials into cool new items. Plus, a lot of these Brigade programs come with points-based incentives, like charitable donations to the school, charity, or nonprofit of your choice!

But let’s get to the good stuff: talking about how cool our office is! Hickman visited our Trenton, N.J. office back in 2012 for the first time and loved our trashy decorations. After all, where else are you going to find a conference room surrounded by curtains of plastic soda bottles, or a warehouse that gets a fresh coat of graffiti every year? Since 2012 we’ve added a lot of cool new stuff, but Hickman’s photos definitely give you a sense of our work environment. We don’t just talk the talk; here at TerraCycle we like to get trashy every day!

Here’s the link to the original story:

Human Resources: New Episode Tonight!

New Episode Tonight!

“Human Resources: Smells Like Success”

Have you seen TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources,” yet? Airing Fridays at 10pm EST on Pivot TV, our show gives the viewer a look into the most inventive upcycling company the industry has seen as we establish our efforts to 22 countries overseas.

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One of those countries is Canada, featured in the next episode of Human Resources airing Friday, September 19th. We have landed a partnership with the popular household odor eliminator, Febreze, in order to create our first air-care brigade! To establish this cooperation, Tom and two employees take a trip to Tom’s hometown of Toronto, Canada to the TerraCycle Canada’s headquarters in order to meet with Febreze representatives.

In the short period of 48 hours, the trio must establish as many public relations regarding the Air-Care Brigade as possible, most important being with Canada’s popular newspaper, Globe and Mail. In addition, the team travels the streets of Toronto attaining as many sign ups to the brigade program as possible.

Back at the Trenton headquarters, employees attempt to give one worker a leap into the dating scene by setting him up with an online dating website. Soon enough, he lands his first match, and his coworkers give him a crash course in impressing his date.

I bet you had never thought that Febreze bottles could be useful once emptied! We at TerraCycle are thrilled when we discover ways to recycle what was previously thought of as “trash.” To send us your “trash,” click the following link and download a free UPS label:

“Human Resources: Peace, Love, and Plastic” New Tonight!

“Human Resources: Peace, Love, and Plastic” New Episode Tonight!

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TerraCycle’s new reality show, “Human Resources,” is giving new meaning to “trash television.”  Every episode encapsulates the daily functions of our forward-thinking company as we attempt to make recycling and “upcycling” a part of the world’s every day business operations.

In our next episode, airing tonight, Friday, September 12th at 10pm EST on Pivot, viewers will get a feeling for our company culture—where small dogs roam free, employees partake in sporadic yoga sessions, and the spontaneous shot from a Nerf gun turns the office floors into a foam-pelleted battleground.  This free-spirited nature does not fly by all employees, as one disgruntled employee decides to take action.

Meanwhile, two employees each sell the same million pounds of recycled plastic. The team scrambles to find the additional materials needed to fill the extra order by testing the components of recycled products in the in-house laboratory.

Tonight’s episode also highlights TerraCycle’s partnership with Capri Sun and the Drink Pouch Brigade program.  In a brief meeting, Tom and the Capri Sun representatives agree to double the monetary reward from one cent per pouch to two cents, to be donated to the non-profit organization or school of the collector’s choice.  If you want to be a part of the brigade, download the free recycling label available at this link:

Cleaning up the Big Easy with the Cigarette Brigade

           New Orleans Becomes First U.S. City to Recycle Cigarette Butts

TerraCycle and New Orleans team up to recycle the city's cigarette butts

Photo: waferboard/Flickr

Here at TerraCycle we can find a way of recycling just about anything. Think of something that you couldn’t imagine would ever become recyclable. Do cigarette butts come to mind? Well, TerraCycle has teamed up with the city of New Orleans to make this dream into a reality. Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network covers the beginning of the Cigarette Brigade in the Louisiana city, which has the distinction of becoming the first U.S. city to work with TerraCycle in order to recycle their cigarette waste (in 2012 Vancouver became the first city in the world to launch the program).

Eventually, New Orleans plans to install about 50 recycling receptacles around the city center, each labeled “Recycle Your Butts Here”. The New Orleans Downtown Development District will collect the cellulose acetate stubs and ship them to TerraCycle at regular intervals, and the city will receive $4 for every pound sent in. Once the butts reach TerraCycle, the filters will be shredded, rid of biotoxins, and melted into plastic pellets. Non-plastic waste like tobacco and paper will be composted.

Not crazy about the idea of buying something made from old cigarette butts? Don’t worry, those pellets won’t find their way into any consumer products. Instead, they’ll be used in products used for industrial purposes like pallets and plastic lumber.

TerraCycle isn’t stopping at just two cities, though. We are currently in talks with officials from all over the world, from Atlantic City to Sydney to Tokyo, to try and make the Cigarette Brigade a global phenomenon.

Check out the full story here!

Introducing GREENOVATION with Dish Magazine

Introducing Greenovation: Featuring TerraCycle with Dish Magazine

We at TerraCycle are pleased to announce a partnership with Dish Magazine, an online magazine for the enjoyment of women of all ages!  We are aligning our efforts to make the world a gentler, cleaner, and more livable place through Dish Magazine’s column Greenovation: Featuring TerraCycle.

September Issue of Dish Magazine

September Issue of Dish Magazine

We are delighted at the opportunity to further our mission to eliminate the idea of waste.  You, the readers of our TerraCycle blog posts and Dish Magazine articles, are the next great social entrepreneurs, and it thrills us to be able to spread the idea that we are all stewards of sustainability, and what we use to consider “trash” can now be reused.  We hope that Greenovation can be an outlet for new green ideas readers of Dish Magazine will enjoy.  The column will encompass new easy green initiatives to use in your daily life, Do-It-Yourself upcycling projects you can create in your own home, and insights from up-and-comers in the world of sustainability and eco-issues.

We hope to empower you, as the next eco-activists and conscious consumers, into making adjustments to your own attitudes and behaviors that can contribute to returning this world to its purer state, and get you thinking, “what is waste, anyway?” because what we use to think of as “waste” is changing rapidly.


Please take a moment to read what Tom Szaky has to say about his thoughts on “garbage” in the first installment of Greenovation: Featuring TerraCycle.

New Show “Human Resources” Upcycles Reality-TV

New Show “Human Resources” Upcycles Reality-TV

TerraCycle Inc. is not exactly what corporate America would call a normal, everyday workplace environment. Our unique office space of this green scene is choc full of upcycled and graffiti-ed furniture, artwork, and even work pods that go hand and hand with our incredibly diverse, quirky, and occasionally nutty group of 120 employees that call this place home. But just because the crew over here at TerraCycle knows how to have a good time around the office, it never stops us from doing what we care about most–eliminating the idea of waste.

We decided it would be neat to give you a sneak peak at what really goes on in this brilliantly creative, passionate, and wacky workspace. Every Friday night at 10pm ET/PT on Pivot, TerraCycle gets another chance to show America who we really are on our new television show “Human Resources.” So grab your soy latte, green drink, or organic kale chips and gather ‘round the TV; we guarantee you a good laugh and some real insight into the green world. Additionally here are some great videos below that you can craft while you watch: