TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste. Its goal is to eliminate the idea of waste and minimise the amount that gets sent to landfill.
TerraCycle offers a range of free programmes that are funded by conscientious companies, meaning collectors can recycle their waste for free. They simply need to sign up, start collecting, and send their waste via NZ Post with a prepaid shipping label. Even oral care products, yoghurt pouches, plastic food storage products and various brands of coffee capsules can be sent for recycling.
TerraCycle awards collectors with points that can be converted to donations to a chosen charity or school. To date, over 60 million people are collecting in 20 countries and have collected billions of pieces of waste, raising over 15 million dollars for charities around the world.
New materials and products are made with the collected waste such as benches, picnic tables and even playgrounds, reducing the need to extract new materials from the planet.
To date, TerraCycle has collected 482,466 units, or 4.99 tonnes, of waste in New Zealand alone. It also educates the community on recycling through outreach to community groups and schools.
TerraCycle is a finalist in the Community Impact category of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards