November 15th is America Recycles Day

RecyclingFor a large percentage of Americans, recycling is fast becoming a way of life.

More households are participating in home recycling and businesses are slowly making the shift as well. Even so, there are still communities – including the one I recently moved to – that still don’t have curbside recycling.

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Celebrate America Recycles Day today – don’t toss the recyclable stuff

America Recycles Day logoIn case you don’t know about it, today is America Recycles Day. This partnership between Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council, it’s a day that serves to remind consumers of the importance of recycling and to raise awareness of the growing myriad of items that can be recycled.

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Give unique upcycled gifts this holiday

Hipcycle logoWith holiday-related “to do’s” dancing in our heads, the scurrying and worrying has begun. What to get for family members who are impossible to buy for? Where to find classy or unique gift for your husband, wife or that special someone?

If you want to be more green with this year’s gifts, check out, one of the leading online retailers for upcycled items.

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TerraCycle now accepts and upcycles cigarette butts

After a long two years of planning and tweaking, TerraCycle, the recognized leader in upcycling items that previously were considered non-recyclable, is now accepting used cigarette butts for its latest Brigade.

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TerraCycle partners with Tom’s of Maine to cut landfill waste

Once again, TerraCycle has partnered with a well-respected company to expand its Brigades and help keep waste out of our landfills.

Tom’s of Maine – known for its high quality natural toothpastes and other personal care products – has teamed up with TerraCycle to create the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. This free recycling program  accepts toothpaste tubes and caps, mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant/antiperspirant containers, plastic soap wrappers and floss containers, regardless of brand.

To learn more about this Brigade. one of over 50 different ones sponsored by TerraCycle and a great way to keep single-use waste out of landfills and earn money for your school or non-profit, see the full article at

Easy ways to recycle – Part 3

We covered all the “usual” methods of recycling in the first two parts of this series. But there are some broader strokes that will allow consumers to “upcycle” or repurpose items. These are somewhat newer options that may not be as well-known but are definitely pretty useful.

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Retailers partner with TerraCycle to honor Earth Day with unique recycling programs

As the recycling trend grows, the need by manufacturers for recycled materials has grown exponentially. Sadly, a large percentage of difficult to recycle material winds up in our nation’s landfills, often due to little infrastructure or incentive by waste management companies to accept it.

New Jersey-based TerraCycle specializes in collecting and upcycling what’s often considered non-recyclable packaging and products, then turning it into useful, affordable, eco-friendly products.

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