The recycling program launched in Canada in 2014. The program allows customers to recycle a range of items, including candy and snack wrappers, cleaning supplies and accessories, writing utensils, e-waste and mailing, shipping and packaging supplies, through TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes, sold on Staples.com.
The program works like this: offices or households fill a box, then mail it to TerraCycle with the prepaid shipping label. The purchase price of the box ($82.99) includes shipping back to TerraCycle and the processing of the waste. TerraCycle will turn the waste into a plastic that can be recycled into benches, bicycle racks, watering cans and other items.
Globally, TerraCycle has repurposed more than 2.5 billion pieces of food and beverage waste, office and school supply waste, e-waste and other hard to recycle items such as discarded cigarette filters. These collections have helped raise more than $7 million for US charities and schools through various packaging reclamation programs.