Tom Szaky

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Tom Szaky
TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky.jpg
Born (1982-01-14) 14 January 1982 (age 36)
Budapest, Hungary
Residence Princeton, New Jersey
Nationality Hungarian
Occupation CEO of TerraCycle
Years active 2001–present

Tom Szaky (born 14 January 1982) is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste.


Szaky's parents are medical doctors, and Szaky himself is an only child.[1][2] At age four, Szaky left his home in Hungary after the Chernobyl disaster.[3] In 1987, Szaky immigrated to Canada,[3] where he grew up in Toronto.[4] Szaky attended high school at Upper Canada College.[3][4] He attended college at Princeton University, majoring in psychology and economics.[5] He dropped out during his sophomore year to focus on TerraCycle.[6]


Early on in his career, Tom started three small '' companies.[7] These were,, and[5] In 2006, Tom was named the "#1 CEO under thirty" by Inc. magazine in its July 2006 issue for his work in TerraCycle.[8]


  • Revolution in a Bottle (2009, 2013)[9]
  • Outsmart Waste (2014)[10]
  • Make Garbage Great (2014)[11]


  1. ^ Lewis, Al (8 May 2007). "A dirty business". The Denver Post. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Stern, Robert (8 August 2010). "It began with worms - Trenton-based TerraCycle has become a high-profile player in a niche corner of the recycling market known as 'upcycling". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Szaky, Tom (2013). Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste. New York, New York, USA: Penguin Group. pp. 12–15. ISBN 978-1-59184-595-9. 
  4. ^ a b Chong, Barry (27 June 2013). "ECO-CAPITALIST TOM SZAKY". TORO Magazine. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Executive Profile Tom Szaky". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "I AM AMERICAN BUSINESS: Tom Szaky". CNBC LLC. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Tom Szaky: Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle. Accessed September 14, 2012 (via Wayback Machine)
  8. ^ Burlingham, Bo. "The Coolest Little Start-Up in America", Inc. (magazine), July 2006. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  9. ^ " Revolution in a Bottle". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  10. ^ " Outsmart Waste". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  11. ^ " Make Garbage Great". Retrieved 7 July 2015.