Terracycle

TerraCycle Logo - Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Terracycle at Heaven’s Dew!!!

We accept the following items at our Terracycle location.  Please read carefully – the programs change frequently and we update this page when changes are made.  Also, some programs take only their brand’s packaging (such as Garnier and Kroger) and some take any packaging (such as Colgate Oral Care), so please take note of those as well!

Bread, Bagels and Hot Dog Buns in their normal packaging.

Bimbo Bakeries:  

For a full list of Bimbo Bakeries USA brands that are recyclable through this program, visit Bimbo Bakeries.

Please remove stickers and adhesives from your Bimbo Bakeries USA bread and bakery bags.

Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program 

Recycle all brands of used or empty toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers.

NOTE: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not accepted for recycling through the program.

Colgate products on display on white background
Safety razors and razor packaging made by Gillette

Gillette Razor Recycling Program: 

All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging are accepted.

Food items in their Kroger Brand packaging

Kroger Our Brands Recycling Program:   

Simple Truth™, Private Selection®, Kroger® Brand, Comforts®, HemisFares®, Luvsome®, Abound® and other Kroger Co brands flexible plastic packaging are accepted.

Late July Snacks Recycling Program:

We accept all Late July® Snacks packaging.

Snack Foods made by Late July Brand.
Rice product packaging from Lundberg Family Farms

Lundberg Family Farms Recycling Program

We collect all flexible Lundberg Family Farms packaging and food wrappers are accepted.

Once Upon a Farm Recycling Program: 

Once Upon a Farm baby food, applesauce, and smoothie pouches are accepted.

Baby Food Pouches from Once Upon a Farm Brand

Babybel: 

Recycle all Babybel packaging including outer netting, plastic wrap, and wax shell.a pile of babybel cheese and wrappers on white background

6 green, blue, and orange hair care containers on a white background

Garnier: 

Recycle Garnier® skincare and hair care packaging.

Goldtoe Socks

Recycling Program: 

Recycle all brands of used, clean socks!

Herbal Essences: 

Recycle all Herbal Essences aerosol and hair care packaging

Go Macro: 

Recycle all Go Macro Macrobar wrappers

Stanley Black & Decker

Tool Program: 

Recycle DEWALT®, CRAFTSMAN®, BLACK+DECKER®, STANLEY®, IRWIN®, LENOX®, MAC Tools®, PORTER-CABLE® and Bostitch® branded tools

TerraCycle impacts Heaven’s Dew & Our Buying Choices:

Why Terracycle

Knowing that these waste products can have a new life after we’re finished with them impacts our buying choices.  In this country, most of us don’t think about the end of life of the products we purchase.  Nearly everything we buy comes wrapped in plastic film or packaged in plastic containers.  Of course it would be best to look for items with no plastic packaging. But when it cannot be avoided, we can start to think about making a choice based on what could happen to the package.

Our Terracycle Room

When you come to Heaven’s Dew with your bags or buckets full of Terracycle items, come into the store to find our “Terracycle” room.  Hang a right just past the front counter and head straight through the next room.

Can you believe we have an entire room dedicated to Terracycle?  That’s how important it is to us!   We have bins labeled with the Programs we are enrolled in on a table.  You can separate your items into the bins, pick up a Terracycle cheat sheet, and feel good about helping the environment!  While you’re in there, it’s a good time to review all that can be collected at our site.

Terracycle Rewards

Another interesting aspect of Terracycle is their Rewards Program.  Terracycle and their brand partners give back to organizations that are enrolled in the Terracycle program.  When we send boxes full of waste to Terracycle, the program housed here at Heaven’s Dew earns points.  When enough points are earned, we tell Terracycle to send a check to a charity we choose.  In the past we have sent that money to the youth group at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio.  We will update this site when another donation is made!

Chalkboard with words "Terra Cycle Room" and other words written on it with plastic bins in the background

Did you know that it all started with worms? 

A little History

In 2001, a freshman at Princeton University, 19-year-old Tom Szaky took several of his friends up to Montreal for fall break. There, he stayed with friends who were feeding kitchen scraps to red worms and using the resulting fertilizer to feed some of their indoor plants. The results were amazing and the idea for TerraCycle was born: to help eliminate the idea of waste by making quality fertilizer from food waste. 

2002

Tom emptied his savings accounts, borrowed money from friends and family, and maxed out his credit cards to create a massive worm poop conversion unit.

2006

In 2006, TerraCycle Plant Foods were widely available in the US for the first time. In July of 2006, Tom and TerraCycle were featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, as the #1 CEO in America under 30 years old as part of their coveted 30 under 30 Awards. 

2007

In 2007 TerraCycle grew to nine different product offerings.  Meanwhile, TerraCycle’s Bottle Brigade reached 5,000 participating locations. In August 2007, TerraCycle launched the Drink Pouch Brigade, with founding sponsor Honest Tea. On the heels of this success TerraCycle launched the Yogurt Cup Brigade and the Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade, sponsored by Stonyfield Farm and Clif Bar, respectively.

2011

In 2011, TerraCycle opened in Norway, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Over 30 new waste collection programs were launched and total staff grew to over 100 employees. TerraCycle also donated over $3 million to charities in 2011 for the total waste collected.   

2017 

TerraCycle was named a winner of the United Nations Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity award.  TerraCycle was also the recipient of the 2017 Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

2019

TerraCycle closed out the decade by unveiling Loop, a circular reuse system delivering the world’s favorite brands to your doorstep in durable, refillable packaging, moving away from disposability and single-use for a less wasteful world. Loop launched in May 2019 in the United States and France, and is still growing. Offering more than 300 items (and counting), Loop provides anything from Tide detergent to Häagen-Dazs ice cream, to Tropicana orange juice to Milka Biscuits — all in reusable packaging. After using the products, customers put the empty containers back in the Loop tote to be picked up by a delivery service, cleaned and refilled, and shipped out to consumers again.  In other words, it’s the 21st-century milkman. 

2020

An unprecedented global pandemic challenged the world, and TerraCycle kept innovating to eliminate waste. TerraCycle recycled all types of PPE (personal protective equipment) for businesses and homes and drove the launch of the first large-scale PPE recycling initiative for disposable masks. Loop expanded to the continental U.S. and the UK and announced key partnerships to bring reusable packaging to quick-serve restaurants and beauty products.

 

blue yellow and green plastic bins stacked on a table

used wrappers on a gray and white rug

TerraCycle’s Process in their own words:

Research & Development

Our process starts with our R&D team — in-house scientists and material application specialists who work across our various offices and in collaboration with leading universities — who analyze the materials to determine the right way to process it into new materials. This includes how to break down the waste, separate it into its building blocks, and then recycle those materials for new applications.

Once R&D is complete and a recycling program is live, our Materials team builds an active supply chain for collection, sortation, recycling and end markets. To stay ahead of packaging innovations and changing technology, we leverage a wide network of third party logistics, sorting, and processing capabilities to bring our solutions to life.

Material Recovery Facilities

In each country, shipments of waste are sent to local TerraCycle Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), which are always located in the same country where the waste originates.

When a shipment arrives at a dedicated TerraCycle MRF, it is checked-in, weighed, and visually inspected for contamination.

man in orange shirt and blue hard hat sorting plastic recycling

TerraCycle utilizes a wide variety of sorting technologies such as manual sortation, size separation, sink/float, optical, air density, gravity, magnetic, and more.

The different material types are cleaned, then sent to third-party processing partners that recycle the materials into usable forms.

Recycling

For example, metals and aluminum are shredded and smelted into metal sheeting, ingots, or bar stock. Glass is crushed and melted to be used in new glass bottles (if clear) or brick, cement or concrete applications (if colored). Rubber is generally cryo-milled to freeze, then size-reduced into a powdered state for flooring applications. Organics are composted or used in industrial and commercial fertilizers.

Plastics are the largest category of material we collect through our programs. These materials are size-reduced (made smaller by being shredded or ground), then melted and reformatted into pellets, flakes, or a powder format.

After we ensure the waste is recycled into a raw material, it is sold to manufacturing companies who produce end-products, completing the journey of recycling. These end products may include outdoor furniture and decking, plastic shipping pallets, watering cans, storage containers and bins, tubes for construction applications, flooring tiles, playground surface covers and athletic fields, and much more.

Blue, yellow and green tubs on a table.
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