TerraCycle | Outsmart Waste!

Date/Time/Place: Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Room #2 at the Ewing Branch of MCLS (map)

TerraCycle makes eco-friendly, affordable consumer products from waste and pays $.02 per item to the charity of the collector's choice. In this lecture, we will take a look at our society's waste stream as it existed before TerraCycle and as we hope it will exist in the future.

Registration requested through the registration page or by calling the school, but walk-ins also welcome

Full Description: In nature, waste does not exist. All materials are reused or recycled through natural processes. However, modern human society and technology has created a massive waste issue. The creation of complex plastic polymers during and after the Industrial Revolution broke the closed-loop, sustainable system that had existed on Planet Earth for billions of years. Now the irrepressible demand for safe, conveniently packaged consumer goods is annually creating billions of tons of non-recyclable or difficult to recycle waste.

Enter TerraCycle, a company that makes eco-friendly, affordable consumer products from waste and pays $.02 per item to the charity of the collector's choice. By using the trillions of pieces of packaging that go to landfill every year to build high quality consumer goods, TerraCycle hopes to replace the need to create virgin materials, like new plastics and textiles, by showing the world it is more sustainable and more profitable to use waste as a raw material.

In this lecture, we will take a look at our society's waste stream as it existed before TerraCycle and as we hope it will exist in the future. We'll delve into the history of the company, look at some of the many challenges the start-up encountered along the way, and discuss where we hope to go in the future. For those that want to get involved, we'll have information on how Mercer County residents can get involved in a TerraCycle Brigade and start earning some extra funding for their favorite charity.

Read a MercerSpace article and a WikiPedia entry about TerraCycle

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