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Terracycle's New Zero Waste Boxes Helping Companies Recycle at the Factory Level

Terracycle has been making it easy for people and businesses throughout North America to reduce consumer product waste through its dozens of “Brigades” that collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste — everything from Brita filters and CLIF bar wrappers to binders, cell phones and shoes — since 2007. Now the company’s new Zero Waste boxes are helping tackle miscellaneous discarded items in factories, such as earplugs and hairnets.

“Participation in TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box program can be a marketable, differentiating element in a crowded marketplace,” says TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “With consumers starting to expect environmental responsibility at every phase of their favorite product’s lifecycle, it just makes sense.”

Zero Waste Boxes are available in varying sizes and price points, and include signage to help engage workers and increase compliance. When the box is full, it is shipped for free back to TerraCycle, where the collected materials will be upcycled into new products.

TerraCycle has been helping turn “trash into treasure” since 2007, recycling and upcycling consumer products that would otherwise wind up in landfills. The company is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100, a three-year program launched in 2013 aimed at bringing together a network of 100 leading companies globally to facilitate development and commitment to new circular economy projects.

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