Photo Credit: BrittneyBush via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: BrittneyBush via Compfight cc

I’ve been recycling paper, aluminum cans, and glass bottles for as long as I can remember. It started when my grandma used to take me to the local market to turn in some glass bottles for money. Good money lesson to learn very early on in life! From there curbside recycling was introduced and I always made sure to recycle whatever I could. I kept a pile of partially used paper to scribble on the other side or to use for random art projects. Now I’m in a city where the curbside recycling takes a lot of different plastics and bottles. It’s a much more expansive program than in Ohio where it was only the basics you could recycle. I end up recycling so much in fact that my trash output is pretty low.

With all the options I have here for recycling there are still a lot of items that I can’t just toss into the recycling bin. That’s where a company like Terracycle comes in!

It’s about time I wrote about this! It’s a company that takes items that aren’t generally recyclable curbside and turns them into new products or recycles them! The best part about it all is that you can earn points for a school and it’s entirely free to participate! Most of the participants are schools that are earning points but as an individual you can also help keep the landfills emptier by gathering items yourself. They have brigades that you sign up for to collect certain kinds of items to send in. Shipping is free and a lot of the items they take are everyday items. Terracycle either makes sure that these items are recycled or they make them into new items to sell.

It’s a pretty interesting company and I love participating! Even doing this by myself I’ve been able to send in a ton of items. I love knowing that these items are being recycled or turned into another product. Some of the items they accept can be tossed into my curbside container but they aren’t recyclable in other parts of the US. Items that aren’t very recyclable are usually turned into something else like a bag made of Capri Sun pouches. It’s pretty popular though so you might get wait-listed on some of the brigades they have.

Here’s a quick list of items that they collect:
Brita filters and pitchers and packaging
Candy wrappers
Cheese packaging
Personal care and makeup containers
Toothbrushes, toothpaste bottles, floss containers
Cigarette butts
Inkjet and toners
Snack chip bags
Writing instruments

It’s more effort than normal recycling since these are generally items we use everyday but last a long time. I just gather all mine in a box and when its full ship it off! It’s good to know I can do more for the environment and it doesn’t cost me anything to do. I just re-use old boxes of course to not waste any money.

To go beyond recycling here’s their website!
Terracycle


2 Comments

  1. Cathy
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    That’s a great program! I can’t imagine holding onto something for that long in order to have enough to send in though. That would drive Chris crazy! I drive him crazy enough with my semi-hoarding tendencies =p

    • TeenyGreen
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      Haha, well it’s for a good cause so I do it. I just do it in small quantities and use a small box so it doesn’t take up much space.

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