Tom Szaky | AIChE

Tom Szaky

Founder and CEO of TerraCycle

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes to create circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, used coffee capsules, dirty diapers, used chewing gum, old plastic gloves and even flexible food packaging that otherwise have no path to be recycled.  As one example, TerraCycle developed and operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies like Procter & Gamble to integrate this material into their product packages.Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Tom is the author of three books, Revolution in a Bottle (2009, Portfolio), Outsmart Waste (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and Make Garbage Great (2015, HarperCollins). A fourth, The Future of Packaging is expected in Fall 2018. Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes. He also writes for news outlets such as Treehugger and Entrepreneur Magazine.