Daily Archives: November 18, 2014

I run a coffee business, so I love to drink the stuff.Cigarette graphic

And on the days when I don't make a full pot, I use a coffee system to enjoy a single cup. But, it really frustrates me that the single-cup discs go out with the garbage.

That's slowly changing, thanks to a company called TerraCycle.

The global company's mandate is to collect "previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste". That includes things like Tassimo and Keurig single-cup containers, potato chip bags and even…wait for it...cigarette butts.

I know. I can't believe it, even cigarette butts.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle, Inc. began producing organic fertilizer by packaging liquified “worm poop” in used soda bottles. TerraCycle has since become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world.

Along with recycling K-Cups, it also has programs to recycle cell phones, inkjet cartridges, cookie and cracker wrappers, drink pouches and miscellaneous (more…)