Go Big for Back-to-School with PepsiCo’s ‘Recycle Rally!


Did you know that your school can win prizes for the beverage cans and bottles it is already recycling? Start the school year off strong by signing up for PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally. Thanks to their partnership with TerraCycle, the PepsiCo Recycle Rally is coming to more K-12 schools than ever before. You can sign up to earn cash, raise awareness in your community, and educate students about the importance of environmentalism and sustainability.

Getting young people excited about sustainability and environmental issues can take a bit of strategy. With PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally, engaging students through gamified aspects like an online tracking system and regular promotions and challenges feels like fun, keeping students immersed in the program and, therefore, in recycling.

Once a school signs up, educators can easily access lesson plans and begin self-reporting recycling efforts. Resources such as art projects, educational resources and materials, and progress tracking tools, allow educators to introduce younger minds to recyclingand promote their school’s achievements. Schools have the chance to earn cash prizes ranging from $10 to $1000, and students take away a wealth of knowledge.

Recycling can be cool when we find motivations for environmentalism that are positive and exciting. Another fun fact: PepsiCo was featured on an episode of TerraCycle’s reality television show Human Resources (Episode #308 TITLE: D.A.R.S.H.A.N.) on Pivot TV Network on October 14, which showcased gamified recycling bins in action. Imagine a recycling bin that offers compliments when you recycle your bottle or can!

Since 2010, Recycle Rally schools have recycled over 65 million beverage cans and bottles and received over $1 million in cash and prizes from PepsiCo. Join over 3000 schools in the recycling movement!

To learn more, visit the PepsiCo Recycle Rally program page here and sign up to start reporting how much you recycle today! You can visit the Recycle Rally sign up promotion page here to participate.

TerraCycle and Henkel Break New Ground with First Recycling Program for Industrial Adhesives Packaging


Henkel’s commitment to leadership and sustainability is deeply embedded in their values, which is why they’ve become the world’s first adhesives manufacturer to provide a green solution to their packaging. This solution is called the Anaerobic Adhesive Recycling Program. Through the Anaerobic Adhesive Recycling Program, businesses can launch or meet companywide sustainability goals while still enjoying the benefits of their favorite Henkel products.

There are also a variety of benefits to using the Anaerobic Adhesive Recycling Program that can even help to enhance business practices. The Anaerobic Adhesive Recycling Program provides easy talking points to start a conversation with consumers. The program can enhance agreements and contracts by being used as sustainability driven leverage in existing service agreements.

Each recycling box has eye-catching graphics that will grab the attention of both employees and customers, adding a level of sophistication and interest to a company’s recycling processes.

Lastly, the recycling program adds credibility. The only way to recycle this packaging is with Henkel. Participating in the recycling program is easy. To get started, businesses can contact their Henkel distributor or LOCTITE® industrial sales person to order recycling boxes today.

Once received, TerraCycle recommends placing recycling boxes in an area near adhesive applications. All LOCTITE bottles must be closed and capped before placing them into the box. When the recycling box is full, the liner must be tightly closed inside the box prior to shipping. Once the top of the box is sealed securely with packing tape, it can be placed in the designated shipping area to be sent back to TerraCycle.

When TerraCycle receives the box, the adhesive packing will be recycled into new, innovative products, like park benches, chairs, watering cans and even paving stones.

For more information about this recycling initiative, click here. For existing LOCTITE adhesives customers, you may also contact your Henkel distributor or LOCTITE industrial sales representative.

Celebrate Earth Month by Joining PepsiCo’s ‘Recycle Rally’ Today!


Celebrate Earth Month this April by joining PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally today! This school year, our friends at PepsiCo are expanding this exciting recycling initiative to more schools than ever. Since 2010, over $1 million in prizes and rewards have been awarded to thousands of K-12 schools across the country, with participating schools recycling 59 million bottles and cans.

Through the Recycle Rally, K-12 schools have the chance to earn prizes ranging from $10 to $1000, not only for keeping track of how many non-alcoholic beverage cans and bottles are recycled, but for sharing artwork, photos, educational content, and other creative messages during monthly promotions that help schools promote recycling and raise awareness in their communities. Once a school signs up, they can easily access lesson plans, self-report recycling efforts and track their progress online with fun educative tracking tools.

Signing up your school for the Recycle Rally this Earth Month will even earn you 1,000 bonus TerraCycle points.  As an added bonus, during this sign-up promotion one randomly selected school will earn an additional 5,000 bonus points! Sign your school up today for your chance to win.  For more information and official rules about the Recycle Rally Sign-Up Promotion, click here.

As schools work to recycle with fun and creativity, PepsiCo and TerraCycle hope young people turn recycling into a lifelong habit as we all lead our communities into a more environmentally friendly future.

To learn more about Recycle Rally and to find out how to sign up your school, please click here.

TerraCycle and Brita Celebrate World Water Day

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This March 22nd is World Water Day, a global initiative started by the United Nations that recognizes the importance of water conservation and improving access to freshwater around the globe. It is a day to reflect on the delicacy of our limited natural resources, and on the impact we have on the ecosystems around us. More importantly, World Water Day reminds us of the planetary imperative to preserve our precious natural resources, reduce waste and pollution, and live more sustainably within the environment that sustains us.

Keeping the planet clean is just as important as protecting our water. Today, thousands of individuals and organizations are enjoying cleaner water with a clean, waste-free conscience through the Brita Recycling Program for used water filters, faucet mounts, and other Brita product and packaging waste. Recycling not only prevents these waste streams from ending up in waterways and landfills, but it also reduces demand for virgin raw materials that often require significant quantities of water to extract from the Earth. Brita filters are also a great alternative to bottled water. In fact, using just one Brita filter saves approximately 300 plastic water bottles!

In exchange for keeping water filter product waste out of landfills, and thanks to the support from our friends at Brita, participants in the Brita Recycling Program are able to raise money for charity. For every unit of waste collected for recycling, participants earn points that may be redeemed as cash donations to nonprofits like Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water to families in developing countries.

This year, celebrate World Water Day by reducing waste and being mindful of your personal water footprint. Doing so helps protect and conserve the most precious natural resource on our planet, and brings us one step closer to a brighter, cleaner, more sustainable future for everyone.

For more information about our partnership with Brita, or to learn how you can work with us to reduce waste and limit your own environmental impact, please visit www.TerraCycle.com.

Five Upcycled Thanksgiving Decorations You Can Make At Home

Five Upcycled Thanksgiving Decorations You Can Make At Home

Written by Brittany Thatcher


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes the beginning of the holiday season. Lots of purchases are made to prepare for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and they can really take a toll on your wallet. To save you some money this holiday season, here are a few upcycled Thanksgiving decorations you can make at home!


  1. Upcycled Wine Bottles


Start collecting your empty wine bottles to upcycle them into fun new decorations! There are so many different things you can do with used wine bottles. For example, you can paint the inside of one, and then write or paint Thanksgiving-themed words or phrases on the outside.


  1. Upcycled Wine Glasses


Take your old wine glasses and fill them with candles for a cheap and easy way to decorate. For a new twist on this project, take your glasses and turn them upside down, put acorns or other fall-inspired decorations on the bottom, and then place a candle on top.

  1. Pistachio shell flowers


Start collecting your old pistachio shells to make this beautiful flower! All you need is a hot glue gun and several shells. When it’s complete you can spray paint it with different fall colors and use it as a centerpiece!


  1. Candle Holder



Take a glass jar of any size or shape, fill it with acorns or leaves of different colors, and then place a candle inside to create a unique and festive candle holder. This can also be reused in December by making it more of a winter holiday theme, with items like pine needles or cranberries.



  1. Upcycled Tree Branch



Make a homemade, rustic candle holder by taking a thick tree branch and drilling a hole big enough into the top to fit a candle. For an interesting twist, take a longer branch and lay it horizontally on your table (making sure it is stable) and drill a series of evenly-spaced holes into the top to lay candles, creating a beautiful candelabrum centerpiece!







Motivating Younger Generations to Protect the Planet

Motivating Younger Generations to Protect the Planet

Written by Brittany Thatcher


With rising temperatures, more frequent severe storms and water shortages, the consequences of global warming and people not caring about the Earth are becoming clearer than ever. Over the last few years, we’ve seen changes to our climate that will slowly become life threatening – or already are. This is why environmental consciousness should be a top priority for everyone, especially younger generations.

Young people need to be more aware of environmental issues, as they will likely be the most affected by them in the future. Although there are a lot of young people who are conscious of these important issues, many are not informed or simply don’t care about the impacts of global warming.

Unfortunately, individuals in political positions who actually have the power to make some kind of difference are usually driven by money and the chance to further their political careers. Additionally, many will most likely not be around to experience the consequences of not taking care of the planet, so environmental issues tend to not be a top priority. People in these positions of power need to be concerned about global warming and environmental issues, and should be using their influence to reach young people so that they can get informed and work on making a difference as well.

Young people have a lot going on in their lives; they tend to be focused on their education and taking steps toward building a life for themselves. With these important life decisions in mind, it’s understandable why the environment may not be top priority. However, it is important for young people to be aware of just how important the issue is. We only have one Earth, and we need to start protecting it today.

We are not invincible. It’s time that we recognize this fact and take significant action to protect the planet that sustains us.

For more information on how you can do your part to help protect the planet, and for tips to help you lower your carbon footprint and lead a more environmentally conscious life, please visit the link below.



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The Importance of Recycling in College

The Importance of Recycling in College

Written by Joe Passantino


College is one of the easiest places to fall into the trap of just tossing everything in the trash. I know the struggle; students have to worry about papers, exams, their social lives and trying to squeeze some sleep in here and there. But as students learn how to live alone for the first time, they have to get rid of their “waste” somehow.

Last year I lived in a townhouse, and my only option for disposing of used products was to throw them into a pair of large dumpsters, one of which was marked “Recycling Only.” But what I started to notice was that others in the complex didn’t seem too concerned about placing their recyclables in the proper dumpster. Both dumpsters were a combination of recyclables and garbage, which bothered me. I just didn’t understand why others couldn’t take the few seconds needed to make sure potentially useful items didn’t go to a landfill.

As students, it is important that we take responsibility and be mindful of where we place our disposables. Your school likely has a list of what can and can’t be recycled on campus, like this one from my school, The College of New Jersey. Most students know that paper, bottles and cans are recyclable, but maybe less are aware that many municipalities accept batteries for recycling. (Some stores, such as Home Depot, have in-store collection programs to recycle batteries.) Ink cartridges go pretty quickly for many college students, so they might want to consider seeking out a store like Office Max, where they can recycle cartridges for rewards such as store credit. Surely, these solutions are better than throwing these items in with unfinished food from last night’s all-nighter.

Of course, students might be so pressed for time that they are tempted to do the latter. To counter this, I suggest gathering a set of recyclable materials ahead of time and taking one trip a week to a location with a specialized recycling program. Another option for students is to sign up for one of TerraCycle’s Brigade programs. These programs give students the opportunity to collect a waste item of their choice and send their collections to TerraCycle for redeemable points. TerraCycle’s has recycling options for items such as Scotch tape and writing instruments, which college students are sure to go through in spades throughout the year.

The recycling paths open to students are limitless – it is just a matter of consciousness and motivation!


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Westwood Village Opens California’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Westwood Village Opens California’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Cigarette butts beware — cigarette waste recycling is finally coming to California! TerraCycle and Los Angeles’s Westwood Village have teamed up to bring the very first cigarette butt recycling program to the state of California. By partnering with TerraCycle, the Westwood Village Improvement Association will be installing 15 cigarette butt receptacles across various highly trafficked sidewalks throughout the area, allowing smokers to responsibly and safely dispose of their cigarette butts. With an estimated 3.5 trillion of these butts littered across the world every year, Westwood Village’s commitment to keeping this toxic and ubiquitous waste stream off the street and out of landfills is an exciting step forward for public health and the environment.

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Any cigarette butts collected in Westwood Village will be sent to TerraCycle, where every component of the waste is processed. The plastic-fiber filter will be recycled into industrial products such as shipping pallets and railroad ties, while any paper or leftover tobacco is composted.

Are you over the age of 21 and interested in recycling cigarette butts in your community? Check out the Cigarette Waste Brigade and sign up for free today!

How Your Diet Habits Can Lead to a Greener Lifestyle

How Your Diet Habits Can Lead to a Greener Lifestyle

Written by Morgan Kravarik

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Recycle your plastic, turn off the water and lights when not in use, and buy used clothes – these are among the most common tips taught to us to help conserve energy and protect the environment without having to disrupt our everyday lives.

But what if I told you there are other, possibly even more fulfilling ways to do your part for the environment? Ways that could help not only the environment, but also your body? Believe it or not, what you eat and how you eat it can have a huge impact on the environment.

Livestock farming, for example, is one of the most environmentally devastating industries in the world. It is responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the deforestation of over 130 million acres of rainforest every year. Eighty-two percent of starving people live in countries where crops are fed to livestock whose meat goes on to feed people in western countries.

To make matters worse, most of the crops grown to feed livestock are sprayed with pesticides. When crops are sprayed with pesticides, runoff can leak into the soil and nearby water sources, poisoning marine life and damaging surrounding ecosystems. The energy used to operate livestock facilities is also astronomical, not to mention the energy required to transport the livestock, feed and meat around the world. Considering the huge demand there is for meat (the average American consumes about 209 pounds of it every year), the negative impacts are only going to get worse.

What Can You Do?

Luckily there are many ways we can help! First, you can try to avoid eating meat altogether and go vegetarian or vegan. Adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet can be a huge step toward helping the planet by reducing the demand for meat, but it isn’t for everyone.

You can also buy locally grown produce whenever possible. Local food generates fewer emissions because it doesn’t have to be shipped long distances, and there is usually very little packaging. After you’ve finished consuming your food, you can even compost the remaining scraps.

Finally, use reusable to-go containers and utensils whenever possible. Bamboo utensils, for example, are a great and more sustainable alternative to disposable plastic utensils, as bamboo grows quickly and easily in many parts of the world.

So before your next meal, consciously decide what you’re going to eat and how you’re going to eat it. Lift up the curtain that shrouds our food industry and eat earth-consciously whenever possible. Reduce excess waste, eat healthy, feel incredible, and do incredible things. Make your mark on this world a greener one.

Facts were collected from Cowspiracy, a documentary that lays out the facts of the food industry and how destructive it is. Other main resource was For Your Liberation, an online blog dedicated to a plant-based diet and altogether well-being of self.


How Thrift Shopping Can Help the Environment, Save Money and Improve Your Style

How Thrift Shopping Can Help the Environment,

Save Money and Improve Your Style

Written by Sarah Coff

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As Macklemore once said, “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.” Many others have jumped on the thrift shop bandwagon with Macklemore. Rather than spending their time and money shopping in a mall, they’re taking their business to thrift stores where they can discover unique, secondhand wardrobes while becoming more eco-friendly consumers.

Environmental Benefit:

Before purchasing a brand new shirt, take into consideration its environmental footprint. For example, manufacturing a single cotton t-shirt requires an enormous amount of water, not to mention the carbon emissions associated with transporting that new shirt around the world, only to inevitably end up in a landfill. Dyeing clothes can also be an incredibly environmentally taxing process. By keeping our consumption of newly manufactured clothing to a minimum, we can help reduce some of these environmental impacts.

Money Savings:

Thrift store clothing typically sells for a fraction of the retail price. As much as I would love to buy a new pair of pre-ripped jeans for $80, I would be foolish to do so. Back in the day when I was young and naïve, the thought of wearing a “cooler” outfit seemed more important than the environment or my depleting bank account. Now that I am older and somewhat wiser, I am more conscious of my purchases. Especially considering I am a college student that has studied abroad and currently has an unpaid internship, it’s important to be more aware of how I’m spending my money.


Who says wearing secondhand clothing isn’t cool? Along with Macklemore, other celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and Julia Roberts shop at thrift stores. Some of the most interesting and creative outfits I’ve worn are made from items I got from thrift stores and secondhand stores. I’d rather be wearing something different anyway, instead of the same shirt as the rest of the girls at school.

At TerraCycle, the Design Team even occasionally makes upcycled clothes out of recycled or upcycled materials, which is pretty incredible. My mind was blown when I saw this dress made out of old movie filmstrips!Image 7.28.15_2