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Lights, camera ... recycling?

By: Jim Johnson

August 7, 2014

The folks at recycling company TerraCycle Inc. are back on television with a new series called “Human Resources.”

The show, premiering at 10 p.m. Aug. 8 on the Pivot television network, is described as a “docu-comedy that pulls the curtain back on the life at TerraCycle,” according to the network.

TerraCycle has built a reputation for tackling hard-to-recycle materials — such as drink pouches — and has grown over the years to accept a wide variety of post-consumer products.

The Trenton, N.J.-based company now even accepts cigarette waste, including butts, ash, rolling paper and tobacco pouches.

Company founder Tom Szaky is a feature player in the 30-minute show, which will run for 10 episodes. Albe Zakes, vice president of global marketing and communications, is frequently quoted in stories about TerraCycle. He’s in the show as well and shows off his hip-hop skills at one point during the first episode.

A variety of other employees at the company also make up the cast of characters for “Human Resources,” which is produced by Left/Right.

“TerraCycle is a remarkable and pioneering company, but it’s also a quirky workplace with its own unreasonable bosses, inscrutable co-workers, and often bizarre staff meetings,” said Belisa Balaban, an executive vice president at Pivot, in a statement.

TerraCycle previously was featured on a show called “Garbage Moguls” that appeared on the National Geographic Channel in 2009 and 2010.