Trash for Cash!

Jun 15, 2017 by

Did you know that you can recycle Trash for Cash?

Shianne Cutler recently met with the SCLT to tell us about a great program called TerraCycle. TerraCycle is an “upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.”

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So many products that can be recycled get thrown into the trash today. Perhaps because people don’t immediately see the harm to not recycling or the benefits to recycle, they don’t care or don’t want to make the effort. But consider these facts from the EPA:
Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

And TerraCycle is offering another reason: Raising money for charity. According to their website they have given $15,623,511 to charities!

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.


Shianne earns points for her MS Walk team by collecting these “non-recyclables” and sending them to Terra Cycle who then gives her team points for these items that they can turn in to cash. If you would like to help Shianne…and the earth…please email

Click here for a list of acceptable items.

If you want to learn more about the program head to



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