TerraCycle is a New Jersey-based company founded in 2001. TerraCycle creates national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste such as drink pouches, chip bags, and toothbrushes. TerraCycle converts the waste into a wide variety of products and materials such as bags, garden supplies, office and school supplies, and even furniture. With more than 20 million people collecting waste in over 20 countries, TerraCycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used those items to create over 1,500 different products available online or at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Target to Whole Foods.
TerraCycle divides its various waste collection programs into “brigades.” Anyone can join a brigade, and TerraCycle rewards its waste collectors with either cash or points for each item of waste turned in. Benninghoven PTA uses TerraCycle collection brigades as a fundraising opportunity, and to date we’ve collected over $2,000 in TerraCycled items. Most of our TerraCycled items come from school lunches, but all Benninghoven families are encouraged to collect items at home and send them to school. Items sent from home can be placed in the TerraCycle collection bin located by the knight in the main hallway.
For more information on TerraCycle, CLICK HERE.
The following items are currently accepted for TerraCycle:
granola/energy bar wrappers
chip/snack bags (NO fruit snacks, cookies, or candy wrappers)
oral care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss containers and all packaging)
Gogo Squeeze applesauce pouches
cereal bag liners/Malt-O-Meal cereal bags
personal care/beauty bottles (shampoo, makeup containers, etc.)
Solo cups (any size #6)
Entenmanns Little Bites packaging (ONLY Entenmanns)
beach cleanup items (plastic silverware, laundry bottles, Glad plastic lids, plastic plates, yogurt containers, microwave frozen meal plastic trays, sand toys, etc.
Terracycle is very specific about what they will accept, so NO other waste is allowed at this time.
Contact Kim Bailey, TerraCycle Chair, for further details at 913.624.4880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benninghoven began composting cafeteria waste in the spring of 2011. All food and paper items on the students’ lunch trays go into a compost bin, which is bagged up by our fantastic custodian and placed in special bins for pickup by Republic Services, who turns the waste into compost.
The direct result of the program has been a reduction in waste of up to 80%, which results in less money being spent on trash pickup and less waste going in landfills.
As one of the first schools in the district to begin the program, the school was recognized with the other pilot schools at the Mid-America Resource Council 5th Annual Sustainable Success Stories program in 2012.
PTA encourages all Benninghoven families to try composting at home. Utilizing a small area of less than 4′ square can save hundreds of pounds of organic waste from ending up in the landfill, and can benefit homeowners with good compost for feeding houseplants and gardens.
Benninghoven encourages families to make use of our paper recycling dumpster in the parking lot. The school receives money for the paper collected.
(As much as we love recycling, we ask for families to please refrain from using the standard recycling bins in the parking lot for their plastics, cans, cardboard, etc. Those bins are reserved for school use only.)