Editor’s Note: This is the first article, in a series of three, highlighting what schools, individuals and our communities are doing to recycle in our valley and how they are making a difference.
What have juice, cookies, or chips done for your schools, recently? Well, if your kids go to Garland Elementary, over the last year, the Parent Teacher Association has been collecting these empty bags, as well as Malt-O-Meal cereal bags, to fund projects like field trips.
Melissa Skinner, this year’s Garland PTA president-elect, set up the recycling program after hearing about TerraCycle on a T.V. show highlighting Park City students who were recycling using a company based in Trenton, N.J. Skinner chose to focus on the following items: Nabisco cookie wrappers, Capri or Kool-Aid pouches, Frito-Lay chips bags and Malt-O-Meal cereal bags. So far, the school has collected 2,211 chip bags, 272 cookie wrappers, 2,222 drink pouches and after just starting the cereal bags in January, they have had 80 cereal bags.
The total of $95.70 may not seem like much, but Skinner just sent another batch of bags to the company and will see another check at the end of April. Plus, she said TerraCycle pays the shipping expense. Skinner wants to get the word out, that anyone is encouraged to donate their used wrappers from these companies to Garland Elementary.
With this year’s school cutbacks, the Garland PTA wanted to earn money to donate toward a field trip fund. The school itself is currently selling candy bars with the proceeds going toward the field trip fund, too, but Skinner had a passion for recycling and she saw earning money for the school as a bonus, with a major goal of teaching the kids to recycle.
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