TerraCycle, Staples Partner on Zero Waste Recycling Boxes

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

November 19, 2014

1 Min Read
TerraCycle, Staples Partner on Zero Waste Recycling Boxes

TerraCycle and Staples Canada Inc. are partnering to offer Canadians a zero waste recycling option for household and office waste.

Trenton, N.J.-based TerraCycle is offering a system in which Canadians can recycle most items through its Zero Waste Boxes, which are sold online through the Richmond Hill, Ontario-based Staples Canada Inc.

Zero Waste Boxes are labeled either by stream (batteries, light bulbs, for example) or by room (break room waste, bathroom waste). Consumers collect the waste based on stream and mail it to TerraCycle with the prepaid shipping label printed on each box. The waste then gets sent to a processing plant to be recycled into benches, bicycle racks, watering cans and other items.

“We want to eliminate the whole concept of waste,” said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and CEO, “and this program brings us one step closer, helping people to understand the value in what they would normally throw in the garbage.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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