Since 2012, global customs and logistics solutions by UPS have helped support TerraCycle’s mission to transform hard-to-recycling items into new products by diverting 40 million pounds of waste from landfill.
This effort is part of UPS’ commitment to solving environmental challenges and helping customers achieve a more sustainable global supply chain focused on waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
“TerraCycle has transformed recycling, just as UPS transformed logistics,” said Patrick Browne, director of global sustainability at UPS, in a statement. “UPS is helping TerraCycle transport what was once considered trash or unrecyclable materials. As a result, businesses, communities and consumers can recycle more items and less waste is being thrown into landfills.”
UPS is helping TerraCycle fuel the circular economy concept through:
- Customs support: As the largest customs broker in the world, UPS helps TerraCycle navigate the complexities of shipping regulated and unregulated goods across borders. Sixty million people across 21 countries have participated in TerraCycle’s programs to date.
- Small package technology solutions: UPS technology makes it faster and simpler to transport TerraCycle’s 400 to 500 shipments a day from cities, offices, schools and homes around the globe.
- A global network:The UPS global logistics network enabled TerraCycle to reach several hundred thousand more consumer and business customers around the world, meaning more waste is being recycled.
TerraCycle also helps businesses and municipalities solve recycling challenges by creating efficient solutions to collect and deconstruct large and small items that have typically been considered non-recyclable. These items are then transformed into new items, such as playground equipment.
“To meet our goal to reuse, upcycle and recycle waste we knew we had to make the process convenient and efficient for our customers,” said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, in a statement. “UPS helps us solve a variety of logistics challenges including navigating complex global shipping and customs regulations, which has allowed us to grow more quickly and ultimately move to a circular economy that benefits us all.”