Terracycle is a company that seeks to eliminate the idea of waste. They take products that are difficult to recycle and make them into new products. Every product that is upcycled creates less energy to produce.

The website is easy to navigate http://www.terracycle.net/en-US/

After you sign up you can download a free collection kit to get started. Here is a sampling of what you can recycle: candy wrappers, cheese packaging, chip bags, cell phones, cleaner packaging, drink pouches, personal care and beauty, scotch tape.

After you collect your objects you can download a shipping label and send.

Most brigades are free and will pay $.02 per unit of waste to your charity or school of choice. Recycle as a group and you can earn funds together! Like terracycle’s facebook page or join their twitter and you can be alerted to even more opportunities to earn extra funds for your school or charity. Also check out their contest page where you can learn about opportunities to earn even more funds! 

Lessons plans are available for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

A team of scientists and designers work on the products they recycle and upcycle. Some of these products make unique gifts. I liked looking through what they were able to create: fences, totes, backpacks, picture frames, park benches, picnic tables, bike racks, garbage cans.

The website also features two fun reads. Revolution in a Bottle: how terracycle is redefining green business and ReMake It!