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Eliminating the Idea of Waste - Tom Szaky

On Monday 3 March there was a Sydney Ideas event held with the title "Eliminating the Idea of Waste".

The speaker was Tom Szaky, the founder of a company, TerraCycle which aims to eliminate garbage, waste if you prefer, by recycling and upcycling therefore reducing the millions of tonnes of waster buried as landfill or burned.

You can hear the 3 March podcast here

Here is a short interview with Tom.

TerraCycle will collect your non-mingled non-recyclable garbage for free and even pay you for it - albeit a donation to a charity of your choice.

I believe this to be revolutionary and have set up some recycling stations in level 5 and 7 kitchens. Please use them if you will. If rinsing out a plastic bottle is too much to ask please leave it on the bench and I will do it. :D

In case you want more info , here's the blurb from the Sydney Events talk:

Eliminating the Idea of Waste Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerracycleCo-presented Terracycle Australia with the Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) at the University of Sydney Business School, and the Sydney Environment Institute.

Tom Szaky dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle, a company that started by selling an organic fertiliser for plants made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles.

Today his company collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of products that were considered ‘non-recyclable’ garbage, in over 24 different countries. TerraCycle has been called the “Google of Garbage” by the New York Times and the “the coolest little start-up in America” by Inc. Magazine.

In 2009, Tom published his first book, Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is Redefining Green Business. His latest book is Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out.

For his Sydney Ideas presentation he’ll be detailing the research in the book that reveals how by mimicking nature and focusing on the value inherent in our by-products, we can transform the waste we can’t avoid creating from useless trash to a useful resource.

I hope some will find this as inspiring as I did and I welcome feedback, positive or otherwise.

Susan, in the interests of doing it better.

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