TerraCycle, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Princeton University graduate and environmental entrepreneur Tom Szaky. The company collects hard-to-recycle items from around the world and converts them into consumer products that are available at major retailers like Walmart and Whole Foods. The operation is organized into brigades, each of which focuses on a particular hard-to-recycle item like candy wrappers or Scotch® tape. These items are collected and shipped to TerraCycle’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey, where they are then processed into household goods. TerraCycle pays all shipping costs AND makes a donation to charity for each brigade collection it receives. You and your colleagues can get in on the action by joining a TerraCycle brigade today! Just follow the simple steps below and you’ll be on your way to a zero-waste workplace.
How to become a TerraCycler:
Joining the TerraCycle movement at Penn State is easy! Many Green Teams have already partnered with national TerraCycle brigades, and you can simply sort your items into the listed categories and deposit your hard-to-recycle items at their designated on-campus collection locations (like the one pictured at right located at the HUB's second floor lounge). Alternatively, you and your colleagues can apply to a brigade independently by contacting TerraCycle.
Please make sure to sort your items to help out our Brigade leaders.
- Download and review TerraCycle's 'Collect, Store, and Ship' guide to get started!
- Join the TerraCycle discussion group on Yammer to connect with your fellow TerraCyclers!
Benefits of TerraCycle:
Sending hard-to-recycle items like candy wrappers and plastic cups to TerraCycle keeps those items out of landfills. TerraCycling helps reduce the demand on landfill space by providing an ecologically sound alternative to traditional waste disposal. Additionally, TerraCycle has embraced the idea of corporate social responsibility by donating part of its profits to charitable organizations! Beneficiaries include THON, the United Way, and international clean water programs. The more items you collect, the more money you can raise for a worthy cause!
Participating Green Team (contact information below)
Candy Wrapper Brigade
Cheese Packaging Brigade
Colgate Oral Care Brigade
Dairy Tub Brigade
Diaper Packaging Brigade
Elmer's Glue Crew Brigade
Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade
Lunch Kit Brigade
Paired Shoe Brigade
Personal Care & Beauty Brigade
Scotch Tape Brigade
Snack Bag Brigade
*For full brigade descriptions, please visit the TerraCycle website.
Green Teams contact information:
Burrowes- Old Botany Green Team
Drop-off location: 431A Burrowes Bld
Contact: Sarah Denes (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: TBD
Center for Workplace Learning and Performance Green Team
Drop-off location: 420 James Elliott Building
Contact: Trish Ripka (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proceeds benefit: TBD
Educational Equity Green Team
Contact: Shelly Aina (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: Educational Equity Scholarship Fund
Green Innovations Green Team
Hort Woods Daycare Green Team
Drop-off location: The Hort Woods Center
Contact: Jennifer Hooven (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proceeds benefit: Hort Woods Scholarship Fund
HUB (Student Affairs) Green Team
Drop-off location: HUB-Robeson Center, Room 237
Contact: Heide Port (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: THON
Methodology Center Green Team
Drop-off location: Methodology Center (400 Calder Square II)
Contact: Amanda Applegate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proceeds benefit: United Way
Outreach Green Team
Drop-off location: 240 Outreach Building and the 2nd Floor Break Room at Outreach
Contact: Barbara Taylor (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Nicaragua Backpacks and Scholarships and Arbor Day Foundation
Performing Arts Green Team
Drop-off location: Eisenhower Auditorium -OR- PSU Downtown Theater
Contact: Peg Lucas (firstname.lastname@example.org) -OR- Shannon Bishop (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: Providing homeless, runaway, or at-risk children with a year of school supplies to pursue their studies.
Physical Sciences Green Team
Drop-off location: 525 Davey Lab
Contact: Laurie Dasher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proceeds benefit: Discovery Space Children's Museum
Registrar's Office Green Team
Drop-off location: 114 Shields Building
Contact: Kaye Keith (email@example.com)
Proceeds benefit: TBD