2013 Green Innovator Award


Tom Szaky, 31, is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc, one of the world’s foremost leaders in eco-capitalism and the reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste. In 2006, Inc. Magazine named TerraCycle, “The Coolest Little Start-Up in America”! That same year Tom was named the #1 CEO in America Under 30. Recently, Tom was named one of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2013.

In 2008, TerraCycle began works with major companies such as Kraft Foods, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Frito-Lay, Mars, Kashi, L’Oreal and many more to sponsor the collection of post-consumer packaging. With the help of these sponsors, TerraCycle pays schools and non-profits two TerraCycle points, (one point is equal to one cent) for every piece of packaging collected. Today over 125,000 organizations worldwide have helped collect over 2.5 billion pre and post-consumer wrappers, while earning over $7 million dollars in donations.

In 2010, TerraCycle was named the #288 fastest growing privately held company in America by Inc. Magazine’s Annual listing, the Inc. 500.

Between 2009 and 2012, TerraCycle expanded its recycling and upcycling fundraisers into 22 countries around the globe.