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Local Students Turn Lunchtime Trash into Cash for Their School

by | Nov 11, 2015 | Schools & Education

Photo provided by Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Preschool

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Preschool is working with TerraCycle to collect empty applesauce pouches for recycling in the GoGo squeeZ Brigade. The school is among the top GoGo squeeZ collectors of 2015, having collected 1,360 this year. Since signing up for the program, the FUMC Preschool students have collected 4,158 pouches, earning nearly $100 for their school.

The GoGo squeeZ Brigade® is a free, national recycling program held by TerraCycle and GoGo squeeZTM that allows schools like FUMC Preschool to earn rewards for recycling empty applesauce pouches. For every unit of waste sent to TerraCycle for recycling, collectors earn points which can be later redeemed as a charity gift or cash donation for their school or nonprofit of choice. Nationwide, participants in the GoGo squeeZ Brigade have recycled over 1.4 million squeezable snack pouches and caps, raising over $30,000 for schools and nonprofit organizations.

TerraCycle offers over 30 different Brigade programs, allowing schools, organizations and individuals to recycle everything from GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches to Entenmann’s Little Bites and Hain Celestial snack bags. The waste collected through these programs is recycled into new plastic products such as trashcans, picnic tables and park benches.

Those interested in recycling with TerraCycle can find more information and sign up for free at www.terracycle.com.

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded platforms called “Brigades,” as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications.

Each year, across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. TerraCycle is the subject of a new half-hour comedy, ‘Human Resources,’ airing on Pivot TV.

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