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What is TerraCycle?

TerraCycle is a program that creates an alternative to throwing out non-recyclable materials. TerraCycle collects non-recyclable and hard to recycle products and creates them into new products. Groups can sign up for different 'brigades', or recycling programs that work to recycle one specific type of material. 

What does Tufts Collect?

Tufts is currently part of the Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade.

For the Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade, the following items qualify:

    • Foil-lined energy bar wrappers
    • Foil-lined granola bar wrappers
    • Foil-lined meal replacement bar wrappers
    • Foil-lined protein bar wrappers
    • Foil-lined diet bar wrappers
    • Clif Bar & Co. wrappers from Clif Bars, Luna Bars, MOJO, Builders, Crunch, Clif Kid Z-Bar, Kits Organic, Clif Kid Z-Fruit, Shot Blocks, Shot Gels, and Shot Drinks.

The Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade does not accept candy bars or cookie bags. If you would like to collect items other than energy bar wrappers or chip bags, check out the TerraCycle Brigade list and start your own.

Do: Don't:

Please clean your wrappers as best as possible before you drop it off at a collection point. While TerraCycle says not to worry about food waste in the wrappers, we are storing them in our office and want to reduce the possibility of attracting any pests.

Medford/Somerville Collection Locations:

  • Tisch Library has collection points in the Tower Café immediately to the left of the double doors as you walk in, as well as in the staff room.
  • All dorms have TerraCycle designated boxes set out - If you don't know where they are located, ask your Eco-Rep!
  • All of these bags and wrappers will eventually be collected and stored at the Office of Sustainability, so feel free to bring them directly to 550 Boston Ave!

Other Campuses:

There are no TerraCycle locations on the Boston, Grafton, or SMFA campuses. Any acceptable energy bar wrappers can be mailed from any campus to the Office of Sustainability: 550 Boston Ave, 2nd Floor, Medford MA, 02155

How much has Tufts Collected?

Since March 2013, Tufts has collected and sent in over 14.21 pounds of energy bar wrappers! We'll be sending in another shipment of energy bar wrappers soon. When we mail in the wrappers, we are awarded money based on the amount of wrappers sent in. The money goes to fund the Eco-Rep program.