FARMINGTON — United Way of the Tri-Valley Area is a top state collector of hair care, skin care, and cosmetic product packaging for the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade®, a free, national recycling program created by Garnier® and TerraCycle®. By collecting used personal care and beauty packaging, this organization has helped to divert nearly 3,000 units of waste from landfills.

After they sign up to join a recycling Brigade, organizations earn points for every unit of waste they collect and send to TerraCycle. The points can be redeemed for charitable gifts or a cash donation to the non-profit of the collector’s choice. TerraCycle will turn the collected packaging materials into new plastic products such as park benches and recycling bins.

“Thank you to everyone who makes this Brigade successful,” said Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle. “The Personal Care and Beauty Brigade has become one of our top collection programs and I am excited for it to keep growing.”

Brigade participants have collected more than 5.3 million units of personal care and beauty items and earned over $105,000 for charity.

Any school, individual, families or organizations interested in recycling with TerraCycle can learn more about the Brigade programs and sign up for free at

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