TerraCycle is best known for working with brands that need to dispose of hard-to-recycle materials. On Sept. 13, the Trenton-based outfit announced the launch of TerraCycle Home, a subscription-based pickup service for consumers for items that local recycling services won’t accept curbside.
Starting with communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, TerraCycle plans to expand the service nationwide. In the Garden State, residents in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties have access to the service.
TerraCycle Home accepts hard-to-recycle material such as cosmetic packaging, eyewear, PPE, pet food packaging, toys, plastic bottle caps, cigarette butts and all types of plastic packaging.
You see a sauce packet.
They see a park bench.
TerraCycle has turned Taco Bell sauce packets into picnic tables at Trenton Thunder Ballpark and local parks in Mercer County. Check out a slideshow here.
“At TerraCycle, we have always been committed to making recycling as easy and convenient as possible,” founder and CEO Tom Szaky said in a statement. “Through TerraCycle Home, we are happy to now offer doorstep recycling pickups for hard-to-recycle plastics and other items that do not belong in curbside recycling bins and help keep these items out of landfills and incinerators.”
Consumers can subscribe to the monthly or twice-monthly pickup service. TerraCycle will then deliver Zero Waste Bags and an outdoor TerraCycle Home receptacle to their home. Once a bag is filled, residents can schedule a pickup, place the bag in the receptacle, and TerraCycle will pick it up from their doorstep for processing.
All trash collected will be sorted manually and then automatically into material components. Each material is then recycled into a raw format that can be used to make new products.
Additionally, TerraCycle said a portion of the waste collected through TerraCycle Home will be recycled into benches and other items that will be donated to local public parks.