After his freshman year at Princeton University, TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky left his studies to start a company built on the ambitious goal of “eliminating the idea of waste” by making that which is non-recyclable, recyclable. The company, founded in 2001, does this by creating collection and solution programs by which previously non-recyclable waste is collected and then processed – whether through refurbishment and reuse, up-cycling or recycling. Today, TerraCycle is a considered a global pioneer in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste packaging and goods. The company repurposes waste into new materials and products that are available for purchase online, and Tom Szaky has been awarded for his work by the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation and many more. In 2014, Progressive Waste invested in just under 20 percent of TerraCycle.