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TerraCycle is a world leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams, ranging from used cigarette butts to coffee capsules to ocean plastic to oral and beauty care products and packaging. The waste is collected through manufacturer-funded programs that are free to the public, as well as Zero Waste Boxes that are purchased by end users for recycling from homes, offices, factories and public spaces. The collected waste is converted into a variety of raw materials that are sold to manufacturers that produce new products. Each year, across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. 

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Tweed and TerraCycle celebrate over one million pieces of cannabis packaging collected for recycling

It's a green thumbs up for Tweed | TerraCycle. The country's first and largest cannabis packaging recycling program, launched in October 2018, has achieved incredible results in its first year of operations. Today, the Tweed | TerraCycle program celebrates a significant milestone with the collection of over one million pieces of used cannabis packaging from across the nation - recycling over 22,000 pounds of plastic containers, tubes, and bottles.

TerraCycle Canada partners with Schneiders and Maple Leaf on collection craze recycling contest

TerraCycle has announced the 2019 "Collection Craze" recycling challenge in partnership with the Schneiders Lunch Mate and Maple Leaf Simply Lunch brands. Designed to educate school students, teachers and communities about maintaining healthy bodies and a healthy environment, participants compete to win a share of $3,700 in TerraCycle points for their school.

Tweed and TerraCycle team up to take cannabis packaging recycling across Canada

In the spirit of Earth Day, Canada's best-known cannabis brand is thrilled to officially launch the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program across Canada. Previously available in select stores and provinces, today's announcement officially marks the roll out of Canada's first country-wide Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program.

Royal Canin partners with TerraCycle to enable consumers to recycle pet food packaging

Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle to make the packaging for their entire product line nationally recyclable. For every shipment of Royal Canin packaging waste sent to TerraCycle, collectors earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to the non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.

TerraCycle and Hain Celestial Partner to award leading used packaging collector

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada has won a new bench made from recycled plastics through this year's "Recycling Revolution" collection contest, courtesy of Hain Celestial, one of Canada's largest producers of organic and natural food products, and Toronto-based recycling company TerraCycle Canada.  Boston Terrier Rescue Canada collected the most pieces of flexible food packaging waste during the contest period to win the recycled bench, as well as $300 in TerraCycle points that are redeemable for cash payment to their organization.

Terracycle Canada celebrates 100 million cigarette butts recycled

Recycling company TerraCycle has reached a major milestone, collecting a total of 100 million cigarette butts through the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program, a free recycling program that diverts used butts from landfills. As Canada's most pervasive form of litter, cigarette butts plague streets and waterways across the country.

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TerraCycle, the global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste was recently named a winner of a United Nations Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity award. The recognition is for the initiative announced earlier this year with TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble and SUEZ to create the world's first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic. TerraCycle will receive this prestigious award in Bonn, Germany in November during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23).

SUEZ and TerraCycle join forces in Europe to develop innovative recycling solutions

SUEZ has announced a new partnership with New Jersey based TerraCycle, including the acquisition of 30% of TerraCycle's activities in Europe, to develop innovative collection and recycling programs in Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. According to the companies, this partnership brings together TerraCycle's collection programs, which focus on community engagement, and SUEZ's expertise in waste recycling and recovery. It will offer individuals, businesses and municipalities new solutions for recycling waste that was previously not recyclable in order to transform it into new secondary resources.

D’Addario announces "Playback" - the first ever instrument string recycling program in partnership with Terracycle

D’Addario, the world’s largest maker of instrument strings and accessories, has been a pioneer in sustainability for decades – from environmentally responsible packaging to robust tree re-planting programs. The company is taking its environmental commitment even further in 2016 with the unveiling of Playback, the world’s first-ever industry-wide instrument string recycling program.

Recycling the “non-recyclable”

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.