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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626560242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626560246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tom illuminates pathways to finding ‘gold in garbage heaps’… Thanks to this book, I can no longer acquire and discard unconsciously, and as I’ve long said, change begins with awareness.”
—From the foreword by Deepak Chopra

“The waste industry is ripe for massive innovation and change. It takes creative minds and people with the courage to knock down doors and go around walls to be the spark. Tom is that.”
—Ron Gonen, New York City Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling, and Sustainability and cofounder and former CEO, RecycleBank

“Real change demands big, fearless ideas. Tom Szaky turns conventional thinking about trash on its head and lights the way for fundamental transformation of the waste system.”
—Geoff Rathbone, Vice President of Resource Recovery, Progressive Waste Solutions

About the Author

Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com), an innovative and award-winning global recycling company that makes typically non-recyclable waste recyclable in over twenty-four countries around the world. Globally, over 60 million people participate in TerraCycle's programs.

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Tom Szaky is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Terracycle, a global recycling company (today operating in 26 countries) that enables consumers to collect and recycle non-recyclable waste, from used juice pouches to used cigarettes. The collected materials are then reused, upcycled or recycled into thousands of various new products and materials. TerraCycle has won over 200 environmental and social awards for its work.

In 2003, as a sophomore, Tom left Princeton University to found TerraCycle, building a company that has grown in size every year since its inception (making the Inc 500 list for the fastest growing companies in America three times). Tom has personally won over 50 awards for entrepreneurship, blogs for Treehugger, Huffington Post, the New York Times and a number of other major websites and in 2007 published his first book entitled "Revolution in a Bottle." Tom is also the star of the National Geographic Channel TV series, "Garbage Moguls" as well as an upcoming TV series on Pivot TV, and released his second book "Outsmart Waste" in January 2014.

Today TerraCycle, through partnerships with virtually all major CPG companies from Kimberly-Clark to Kraft Foods, operates in over 26 countries, has over 60 million people engaged in its waste collection programs, has collected over 5 billion pieces of non-recyclable waste (over 250 million pounds) and in the process donated over $8 million dollars to charities to collect that waste. TerraCycle has been featured in virtually every major media outlet from 60 Minutes to Oprah to the Wall Street Journal and is on it's way to help us eliminate the idea of waste.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. T. on January 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is definitely going to make me look at products differently and really think before I buy something. The author takes a topic that is dry and potentially boring and makes it informative and an easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GAMER on April 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I started reading Outsmart Waste expecting it to be a recycling guide similar to other books of that type but it turned out to be much more than that. While it does focus on reusing, reducing, recycling, and upcycling it really goes in depth about garbage and what we can (and need to) do about it. It offers solutions about common and not-so-common garbage areas, current problems and solutions regarding garbage at not only the individual level but also societal and industrial levels, different types of plastic, information about laws and programs in various countries and how those do (or don't) do much to help the world's waste problem.

It covers a lot of ground on a lot of garbage topics and I recommend it to anyone who tries to be "green", even if you consider yourself a green veteran (and if you're new to the whole green scene there's going to be tons of info for you). There's bound to be bits of info sprinkled throughout the book that you didn't know about. It'd be a good read for adults and teenagers. It will make you think differently about garbage; not just what to do about it, but what it really is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Hawkins on March 2, 2014
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Nicely defined the possibilities for a piece of garbage (reuse, recycling, landfill etc...) A little repetitive at times but addresses really important issues.
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