What Is TerraCycle?

March 14, 2018

TerraCycle Zero Waste Countdown

Join Laura in Toronto as she speaks with Jessica Panetta, the Marketing and Communications Manager for TerraCycle Canada, as we talk about how TerraCycle started, how it works, how you can participate, and how you can get your workplace involved.

zero waste countdown terracycleA Zero Waste Box on top of a bench made from TerraCycle recycled plastics 

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules, pens from school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. They partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 21 different countries. With your help, they are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

There are many free programs to participate in or you can actually purchase a zero waste box to mail in items that cannot be collected curbside. Use coupon code COUNTDOWN on TerraCycle.ca if you’re Canadian, or TerraCycle.com if you’re American to save 10%.


The Zero Footprint Baby

February 28, 2018
Keya Chatterjee speaks with us from Washington D.C. about her book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. We discuss how she calculated her baby's carbon footprint during his first year of life, the difference between cloth and disposable diapers, her experience with elimination communication, and she gives us tips on how to reduce waste after having a child.
Keya is Executive Director of The US Climate Action Network and has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York TimesFox News, the Associated PressThe Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News.  
Keya previously served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and before that she worked at NASA headquarters for four years, communicating research results on climate change. Keya was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1998 to 2000 and currently serves on the board of the Washington Area Bicycling Association. She received her Master's degree in Environmental Science, and her Bachelor's in Environmental Science and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Outgoing Compost

February 13, 2018

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) is in charge of facilitating the proper disposal of solid waste in the county. Proper disposal is a constantly evolving term, and OCRRA has been a leader in this evolution, having won numerous national awards; most recently the 2017 Solid Waste Association of North America’s Gold Award for Composting Systems.


Dale Cocca is a recycling specialist with OCRRA, closely involved in building local markets for recycled organic matter (namely compost and mulch), with concurrent responsibilities in educating the business community and the community at large on proper practices for handling waste. Join us as we discuss the benefits and challenges of outgoing compost in the Syracuse area and beyond.




Recycling With Quinte Waste Solutions

January 30, 2018

China recently announced it will no longer accept contaminated plastic recycling from the West, leaving municipalities in England and North America scrambling. Why isn't Quinte Waste Solutions affected?

Quinte Waste Solutions was one of the frontrunners of the blue box program in Ontario, Canada, going strong now for 28 years.

More than that, Quinte Waste Solutions showcases the importance of community involvement and how recycling is one piece in a process, and one process in overall environmental improvement. Find out the whys and hows of one of the best curbside recycling programs in Canada with Rachel Revoy, the Communications Coordinator at Quinte Waste Solutions.

How does your municipal recycling program compare?




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Closed-Loop Rain Gear: Faire Child

January 5, 2018

Children's clothes are bought cheap these days with dire consequences for the environment and foreign workers. Cheap clothing often ends up in landfill sooner than we expected and while it's briefly worn by our children, cheap clothing, especially waterproof outerwear, gives off toxins that were used in its production. Enter: Faire Child, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, who raised money on Kickstarter to purchase specialized fabric made with yarn spun from used plastic bottles in Italy that can be woven into children's raincoats, rain pants, rain caps, and backpacks. Perfect for our Canadian climate and rainy days around the world.


Faire Child is designed and made right here in Canada by Tabitha Osler, a fashion designer, teacher, and parent working toward a sustainable future. The best part? Once the garments are no longer needed, Faire Child takes them back and recycles them, officially closing the loop on this company's cradle to cradle production.





Faire Child Website


Cooking: Waste Less With MmmChef

December 18, 2017

Daniela is a personal chef from Ottawa who's perfected healthy, often waste-free meals on a budget. She grew up in an Italian-Canadian household where it was important not to waste food. She helps her clients meal plan, reduce their waste, reduce their meat consumption (if they choose), reduce unnecessary plastic, and reduce stress on working parents who want to feed their families smart, healthy meals. Daniela gives us advice on food storage, herbs, broths, kitchen equipment, and healthy waste-free eating. Check out her website at MmmChef.com


Removing Clothing From Landfill

November 29, 2017

Meet Kaveri Marathe: she recently started a social enterprise called Texiles in the Washington, D.C. area that's aiming to remove clothing from landfill.

Americans send 13 million tons of clothing to landfill each year where material decomposes slowly and releases harmful greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. In fact, the annual environmental impact of a household’s clothing equates to 1,000 bathtubs of water and the carbon from 6,000 miles of driving a car. That's a lot of waste! 

95% of this material can be recycled if the right channels are put in place; find out how Kaveri is paving the way for those channels and changing the way Americans purchase and dispose of their clothing one scheduled pick-up at a time. 



Hiking And Camping Zero Waste

November 16, 2017

Dariya and Dominic are avid adventure seekers with degrees in Environmental Science and an unstoppable passion for conscious living. From city day walks to weekend warrior hikes to 6 months trekking the Pacific Crest Trail, they have refined their gear and style to have as little impact on the environment as possible as they venture off into the backcountry. After endless debates, research, compromises, ounce counting and of course failures, they are proud to share with you their knowledge on ultralight and minimalist gear, healthy backcountry cuisine, and overarching Leave No Trace philosophy.


Geothermal Energy

November 10, 2017

Oil and gas production creates a lot of heat that could be harnessed and used in Canada, along with heat produced by the earth itself. Kim Vinet, pro big mountain skier and geologist from Revelstoke, British Columbia, works for Epoch Energy and is leading the way forward when it comes to renewables in Canada. Are dams a green source of energy? We compare the proposed Site C Dam to geothermal and discuss other options in a zero waste context.


Microplastics In Marine Life

November 6, 2017

Jay Brandes, professor and researcher of Chemical Oceanography at the University of Georgia's Department of Marine Sciences in Savannah, is currently conducting a study on microplastics in marine life off the coast of Georgia. He's already made a startling discovery! Should you still be eating seafood? We discuss microplastics, microfibers, microbeads, and bag ban legislation with a scientist who has dedicated his life to studying the health of our oceans.