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Terracycle Initiative

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Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle began by producing organic fertilizer, packaging liquid worm poop in used soda bottles. Since then, TerraCycle has grown into one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world.

The mission of TerraCycle is to eliminate the idea of waste. To do this, they offer national collection programs called Brigades to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste in which "upcycle" into new and cool products.

For instance, a chip bag will be upcycled into a backpack, messenger bag, or pencil pouch.

Potatoe chip bag used in making knapsack

Currently, LIU Post works with TerraCycle as a member of 9 Brigades.

Chip Bag Brigade

We accept any empty brand or size chip bag.

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Candy Wrapper Brigade

We accept any brand and size candy wrappers. We do NOT accept candy boxes or gum packaging.

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Paired Shoe Brigade

Paired Shoes Brigade accepted waste: pairs of women's, men's, and children's shoes, which may include athletic sneakers, cleats, flats, high heels, dress shoes, boots, and fashion or casual sneakers.

Please Note: You must send in PAIRS of shoes. TerraCycle is unable to accept single shoes. Also, we will not accept any shoe that has even a single hole that you can put a pen through.

The Paired Shoes Brigade does NOT accept: ski boots, roller skates, roller blades, ice skates, completely broken or ruined footwear, single shoes, rubber flip flops, sandals, or slippers.

Writing Instruments Brigade

We accept any brand and any size pen, pencils, mechanical pencils,wooden pencils, markers and highlighters, sharpie and dry eraser markers; just to name a few. No crayons please.

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Scotch Tape Brigade

We accept any brand and any size plastic tape dispensers and cores.

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Solo Cup Brigade

We accept all #6 rigid plastic cups.

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Elmer's Glue Crew Brigade

We accept any size Elmer's brand glue sticks, plastic glue bottles, refill jars and Elmer's glitter glue tubes. ONLY ELMER'S

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Cookie Packaging Brigade

We accept all brands of cookie packaging like Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and Keebler Cookies.

Drink Pouch Brigade

We accept all aluminum drink pouches and plastic drink pouches such as Capri Sun, Kool-Aid Jammers, and Honest Kids. No juice boxes please.

Please bring these items to the collection boxes located at the Hillwood Information Desk.

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For each item that is collected, Terracycle will donate 2 cents to LIU Post. This money will be added to LIU Post Recycling Scholarship.

If you have any questions regarding our Terracycle collection efforts, please contact and somebody will get back to you as soon as possible.

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