NJ Company Turns Garbage into Gold

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terraCycle’s productTrenton-based TerraCycle’s entire product line is made from and packaged in waste products. How ingenious is that?!

Terracycle became renowned for its natural plant fertilizer made from organic waste from worms. The first step is to have something good for the worms to eat — raw organic matter that is fed into a rotating predigester. After a week, the mixture is ready to be fed to the worms. Several hundred thousand worms live and feed on the garbage and their waste products are then used to make a compost tea. Plants that are fertilized with it can easily soak up all those nutrients quickly and grow healthy, naturally.

The All Purpose Plant Food is packaged in reused milk jugs and soda bottles that are collected by students around the country. The students efforts are rewarded with cold hard cash, so everybody wins. TerraCycle keeps our kids working hard since it uses 20,000 bottles a day. The product is sold at Walmart, OfficeMax, Walgreens, Home depot and other hardware stores.

The company has programs in place to find new uses for other garbage too. From cookie wrappers to drink pouches, students can earn money and reduce the strain on landfills by collecting such items. The trash is then made into new products like tote bags, backpacks, and pencil cases.

Check out TerraCycle’s other innovative offerings here.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with TerraCycle, but think their products and business practices are pretty great.

Tag(s): For Kids, Going Green, The Great Green Outdoors


One Response to “NJ Company Turns Garbage into Gold”

  1. Family Footprint on June 28th, 2008 5:13 pm

    That is so awesome! It’s a win-win situation all around.

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