TerraCycle at the 'Ville-age

TerraCycle at the 'Ville-age

A message from Dr. Nadine Garner, Director of the Center for Sustainability, and the folks at the Center for Sustainability:

Would you give us your garbage if you knew it would save a child’s life? Well, now you can do both!!

Here is how simple it is:

1)      Collect your waste items that are accepted by TerraCycle

2)      Give your waste to the Center for Sustainability

3)      Save a life!

What is TerraCycle?

TerraCycle is a company that up cycles items normally destined for the waste stream, since items such as energy bar wrappers, old Brita filters, and empty toothpaste tubes are not recycled in most municipal recycling programs. Through its ingenious reformulating processes, TerraCycle transforms waste into dozens of useful and creative products that are then sold commercially, such as backpacks, wallets, picnic tables, and clip boards. Please visit www.TerraCycle.com to explore the company, its methods, and its products. TerraCycle pays for shipping the items to its facility and pays us $.01 - $10.00 per item. 

How Do I Participate?

1.  Click on this link to view all of the collection categories, called Brigades. You’ll find that you already have many of these waste items, just from living! 

2. Collect the items in a box or bin lined with a plastic trash bag. Please make sure the items are clean and dry. You do not need to separate most items into individual brigades when collecting. However, items such as energy bar wrappers and toothbrushes are best stored separately in ziplock bags.

3.  Send your items to the Center for Sustainability, located in Huntingdon House, 8 South George St. (across from the university store).

Why Should I Participate?

Because it takes a 'Ville-age to save a child. Your waste will save a child's life. Each point that you receive for your items = $.01. When we collect $250. from our waste, the Center for Sustainability pays for a child's cleft lip and palate surgery through the SmileTrain. The SmileTrain performs life-altering cleft lip and palate surgeries to impoverished children.

The month after we fund a surgery, the SmileTrain sends us a full-color before and after photo of a child whose life was forever changed. Watch for the Wall of Smiles that we will be creating on campus to celebrate MU coming together as a 'Ville-age.

Thousands of children worldwide are born each year with clefts, and in some developing nations, newborns with clefts are abandoned by their parents, because without the surgery that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs $250. (a cost that their parents cannot afford) these children are doomed to a life of shame, ridicule, marginalization, and poverty. As newborns they have great difficulty nursing, and their physical problems continue as they are unable to master the challenges of eating and speaking normally. They are denied education and employment, ending up as beggars.

                      Smile Train

What Does the TerraCycle Program at MU have to do with Sustainability?


I am passionate about engaging MU in experiences that allow us to directly participate in all three aspects of sustainability (the Triple Bottom Line of social justice, economic equity, and environmental preservation). Practicing sustainability is a form of civic engagement. Please join us!

At MU we are a ‘Ville-age, because it takes a village to live sustainably. Every time you see an event that says the ‘Ville-age you will know that it is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability.

What a powerful experience for all of us, that as we work with TerraCycle to practice environmental preservation by transforming waste, we are also practicing social justice and economic equity, as each piece of waste brings us one step closer to transforming a suffering child’s life forever. As the French say, “Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid,” “Little by little the bird builds its nest.” Little by little, piece by piece of waste, the ‘Ville-age saves a child.

How Do I Start TerraCycle at my School?

To follow our process with the TerraCycle project, and for some helpful tips on the process, please visit Julia Dunn's TerraCycle blog at http://muterracycle.blogspot.com/.