TerraCycle® is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials.TerraCycle's Zero Waste Box™ solution allows you to recycle almost any type of waste, from your coffee capsules to crisp and biscuit packets, to beauty products. We spoke to them to find out a little more about their service...
We've been very excited to hear about your Zero Waste Box™ solution! Please could you tell us a little more about it?
The Zero Waste Box™ system is the first comprehensive recycling collection service for nearly everything, developed by award-winning waste experts at TerraCycle®.
The system is a complete and convenient solution which includes the storage, shipping and recycling of a particular type of waste that isn’t currently recycled through local councils or traditional recycling facilities.
It is easy to use, making it the perfect option for households, schools, businesses, manufacturing facilities and events looking to offset their impacts and lighten their footprint.
The service is complete and the price per box includes:
- Cost of the box
- Outbound shipping of the box to you
- Return shipping to our warehouse (via a prepaid and pre-affixed return label on the box)
- Recycling process
Sounds like a fantastic system. What negative effects did the traditional way of recycling collection have and how does your way benefit the planet?
Local councils offer a recycling solution for certain types of plastic like plastic bottles, aluminium and paper/cardboard. Unfortunately, they don’t provide a solution for all kinds of plastic packaging for your kitchen or your business. Zero Waste Box™ is here to fill this gap.
With the help of customers, we’ve diverted millions of pounds of valuable resources from landfills all over the world, and we’re just getting started.
What sustainable goals have you achieved as a business and what goals are you aiming towards?
All TerraCycle® shipments sent with our partner UPS in the UK are covered in our Carbon Neutral commitment as of January 2020. This means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of shipping items to and by TerraCycle®, we invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions.
We collected 28 tonnes of waste through our Zero Waste Box™ service in 2019, which would have otherwise ended up in landfill or incineration!
We always try to go further and offer much-needed solutions especially for highly consumed single-use plastics like flexible plastic packaging (food packets and containers etc), beauty waste or personal protective equipment waste to name a few. Our aim is to offer a solution for nearly any type of non-hazardous waste which people want to divert from landfill.
As part of this initiative, we are also always looking at improving our supply chain. We are currently working to develop a reusable shipping envelope, to eliminate single-use delivery packaging. In the meantime, consumers can recycle the shipment packaging by placing it inside of their Zero Waste Box™ so that we recycle it when they send the full box back to us.
What should customers know about your service to ensure they make an informed choice?
We offer more than 70 Zero Waste Boxes™ on our website to recycle over 100 different types of household and business waste. Before purchasing a box, you can take our quiz to help identify the kind of waste you are looking to recycle, the result will direct you to the most appropriate box for your needs.
Everything is included in the cost of the box. It's an easy and convenient recycling solution. Most importantly, your waste is going to be recycled to become a new product therefore given a second life rather than being sent to landfill or incineration.
We love the sound of this system, great work! And finally, what other tips do you have to live a more sustainable life?
Before thinking about recycling your packaging, try and shop at local markets, avoid single-use plastics and favour reusable over disposable.
Get 10% off with our exclusive discount code!
Visit the Zero Waste Box™ website here and use the code ECOVIBE10 to claim your 10% discount.