Founded in 2001, the international upcycling company collects used packaging (juice pouches, plastic bags, wrappers) and hard-to-recycle products (flip-flops, cosmetics, pens) and gives them new life as funky pencil cases, plastic garbage bins and park benches.
To encourage recycling in the classroom, TerraCycle will give schools that join its recycling “brigades” two cents for every juice box, chip bag and pudding cup that’s collected and sent to them for repurposing. Money earned goes to the school to buy equipment or can be donated to charity.
From its 19 free recycling programs, TerraCycle says “more than 800,000 Canadians have diverted more than 5.7 million units of waste from the landfill and donated more than $110,000 to charities across the country.”
At the end of July, TerraCycle teamed up with Schneiders Lunchmate to collect its plastic lunch trays and convert them into affordable, innovative products. Other recycling partners include Kool-Aid, Nestlé and Sharpie.
Nina Purewal, TerraCycle Canada’s general manager, says the company loves working with others as committed to sustainability as the recycling program’s participants. Visit terracycle.ca.