What happens to the recycling once it has been processed?

You may already know that you can  #RecycleEverything with TerraCycle: collect, ship, and then we recycle. That’s not the whole story, though. Our Materials Solutions team plays an important part too. Here’s how: Recycling infrastructure is expensive, and because we consistently invent new ways to recycle and we recycle such a wide variety of materials, … Continue reading What happens to the recycling once it has been processed?

How can TerraCycle recycle the unrecyclable?

What does “recycling” actually mean? The Ellen Macarthur Foundation defines material recycling as “reprocessing, by means of a manufacturing process, of a used packaging material into a product, a component incorporated into a product, or a secondary (recycled) raw material; excluding energy recovery and the use of the product as a fuel.”  However, what makes … Continue reading How can TerraCycle recycle the unrecyclable?

Is the mail-back recycling process really better than landfills or incineration?

In our last post, we showed why recycling is better than landfills. But sometimes people still ask us about the environmental effects of our whole process, including the environmental impact of getting the items back to us to recycle. Our engineers regularly conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of our process that is then third-party … Continue reading Is the mail-back recycling process really better than landfills or incineration?

These 6 Groups Are Keeping Their Community Clean – And You Can Too!

The flick of a cigarette onto pavement, dirt, sand, or water seems harmless. Contrary to popular belief, though, cigarette butts aren’t just made of paper, so they won’t biodegrade or dissolve. A cigarette butt is actually composed of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic that only breaks down into smaller, polluting pieces. Not only that, but cigarette butts also contain toxic compounds that can harm ecosystems and water supplies.

Going Sustainable for College Back to School

Moving out for the first time can be a challenge! Especially when trying to be sustainable. It can feel overwhelming to furnish a new room and figure out what’s for dinner every night. How do you juggle between take-out and living on your own? This transition is an opportunity to start sustainable habits. Here are some tips for this year’s Sustainable Dorm Room.