Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, from used chip bags to cigarette butts.
On a yearly basis and across 23 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, creating millions of dollars of donations for schools and charities in the process. Many of the world’s largest consumer products companies contract with TerraCycle to collect and recycle post-consumer products and packaging they produce. Through TerraCycle, Tom has pioneered a process, involving manufacturers, retailers, consumers and community groups, to create circular solutions for waste that otherwise would go to landfill or be incinerated.
Tom is the author of two books, ‘Revolution in a Bottle’ and ‘Outsmart Waste’, is an acclaimed international public speaker, and created, produced and stars in a new reality TV show, ‘Human Resources’. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 100 social, environmental and business awards from a range of organisations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum and the Environmental Protection Agency.