TerraCycle has exceeded municipal waste management options by 45%

TerraCycle has published a third-party verified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that assesses the environmental effectiveness of four different recycling models offered by TerraCycle for the recycling of post-consumer flexible films in the United States.

The LCA compared TerraCycle programs to traditional municipal waste management solutions for this specific waste stream, including municipal landfill and municipal incineration. In the eight key impact categories considered, including global warming potential, carcinogenic toxicity to humans, and scarcity of fossil resources, all of TerraCycle’s recycling models have outperformed municipal waste management options by 45 % on average.

“Science-based decision making is at the heart of how we operate, as recycling and reuse is not only about reducing waste, but also contributing to climate change mitigation,” said Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “As a company, for nearly two decades we have taken and will continue to take the lifecycle analysis of our platforms seriously and strive to maintain a net negative carbon footprint. “

The aim of the LCA was to assess, quantify and compare the environmental impacts of TerraCycle’s four core recycling models against municipal waste management scenarios for multi-layered flexible film snack packaging in the United States. United. The impact of the six models was assessed against the categories Global warming potential, Ozone formation, Human health, Freshwater eutrophication, Freshwater ecotoxicity, Carcinogenic toxicity to humans, Non-carcinogenic toxicity to humans. , Shortage of fossil resources and Water consumption.

The results show that TerraCycle recycling models have lower environmental impacts compared to municipal waste management models in all categories considered in this study.

Melissa C. Keyes