Why are TerraCycle programs free but Zero Waste Boxes have a cost?

At TerraCycle, we offer both free and paid recycling solutions. Sometimes people wonder why some of our offerings are free and others aren’t. Here’s everything you need to know!  How can I recycle with TerraCycle? You’ve got options for recycling with us: Free recycling programs, which are sponsored by brands so that you pay nothing … Continue reading Why are TerraCycle programs free but Zero Waste Boxes have a cost?

Why are some things recyclable and others aren’t?

Why are some things recyclable and others aren’t? Great question!  Most likely, you can put cardboard, aluminum cans, a few types of plastic (#1 and #2), and glass containers in your municipal recycling bin.  Here’s why your local recycling service only accepts materials such as those: It’s a business! Recycling costs money, and someone has … Continue reading Why are some things recyclable and others aren’t?

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?