What to Do with Those Hard-to-Recycle Items?
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What to Do with Those Hard-to-Recycle Items?

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By Lisa A. Beach

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While you might toss your empty water bottles into the recycling bin, what do you do with those empty drink pouches and snack bags? Like many people, you want to do good and protect the planet, but you don’t know how to recycle those hard-to-recycle items.

Enter TerraCycle—a social enterprise with programs in 21 countries.

As a world leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams, TerraCycle partners with companies to collect items not accepted in curbside recycling programs and transform them into new products. Hundreds of leading brands are on board, including Arm & Hammer, Barilla and Colgate.

At Kroger, customers can recycle flexible packaging (think bags, pouches, liners and wraps) from nearly 2,500 products in Kroger’s private-label brands, including Simple Truth and Private Selection. Shoppers simply sign up for a free TerraCycle account, collect packaging in a box at home, and ship to TerraCycle using the free prepaid shipping label provided.

TerraCycle has diverted millions of pounds of valuable resources from global landfills, earning the company a spot on the inaugural TIME100 Most Influential Companies list.

Learn more at terracycle.com

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