Tom Szaky

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Tom Szaky
TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky.jpg
Born (1982-01-14) 14 January 1982 (age 37)
ResidencePrinceton, New Jersey
OccupationCEO of TerraCycle
Years active2001–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.