3M and Scotch® Tape Create World’s First Closed Loop Dispenser Program

clear-tape-roll The Scotch® Brand Continues Its History of Innovation With A Program That Pays Consumers to Collect Used Tape Dispensers

ST. PAUL, Minn., October 2009-Scotch® Brand transparent tape, in conjunction with upcycling company, TerraCycle, Inc., has created a first of its kind program to recover and reuse clear plastic tape dispensers and cores. The test program will begin later this year and will involve the collection of more than 25,000 dispensers through 1,000 TerraCycle collection programs, called “Brigades.”

The Scotch® Tape Brigades will collect empty clear plastic tape dispensers and cores and pay two cents per dispenser to a charity of the collector’s choice. The Scotch® Brand will then take the items and reuse them for their original purpose.

“We are thrilled to be working with a company such as 3M and their Scotch® Brand,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “Traditionally, we have taken packaging and turned it into other products, so to take the original product and continue its traditional life cycle is an exciting new opportunity for us and them.”

“This is just one more example of 3M’s commitment to find new, innovative solutions that increase the sustainability of our consumer products,” said Beth Endinger, Director of Sustainability for 3M’s Consumer of Office Business. “With TerraCycle’s passionate Brigaders, we are confident this program will be a huge success.”

TerraCycle’s Brigades divert packaging waste from landfills and help raise consumer awareness about reducing, reusing and recycling. By encouraging people to rethink ‘what is waste,’ TerraCycle is making it simple for consumers to have a positive impact on the environment. Participation is free and all shipping costs are paid. Sign up today  here.

About 3M
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms - often in combination - to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in annual sales, 3M employs 76,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit their site.

About TerraCycle
TerraCycle represents a new generation of company, putting as much emphasis on its social and environmental impact as its profits. In 2001, college freshman Tom Szaky founded TerraCycle in hopes of building a new, more responsible way of doing business. Since then, TerraCycle has revolutionized the industry by making eco-friendly and affordable products from waste materials. To learn more about joining a TerraCycle Brigade, go here.

2 Responses to “3M and Scotch® Tape Create World’s First Closed Loop Dispenser Program”

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