TerraCycle, Inc., a leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, has collected over 500,000 post-consumer wrappers from over 3,000 schools and non-profits in Canada through a partnership with Kraft Foods. The initiative, which was launched in spring 2010, was able to reach this milestone thanks to a donation from Kraft Foods of more than $11,000, which was distributed to Canadian schools and non-profits for the collection of post-consumer wrappers.
TerraCycle repurposes this collected waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. In addition to the Kraft Foods-sponsored collection program, TerraCycle has teamed up with three other companies – Stonyfield Farm, Nestlé Canada and Glad – to launch three new collection programs in Canada.
The Stonyfield Farm-sponsored program will pay schools and non-profits two cents for every used yogurt cup they collect. It will accept cups regardless of brands. The Nestlé-sponsored program aims to collect chocolate wrappers from schools and non-profits. This program will give two cents for every chocolate wrapper collected and sent to TerraCycle. Finally, the Glad-sponsored program intends to collect and recycle sandwich bags and containers. Schools and non-profits will receive two cents for each container or 10 sandwich bags they collect.
Worldwide, TerraCycle’s collection programs have collected more than two billion non-recyclable packaging units and given more than $1.8 million to schools and non-profits.