Students at Roxborough’s Shawmont School have hit a personal record in a nationwide recycling program that rewards people for collecting and sending their garbage to waste-collection company Terracycle to be recycled and upcycled.
By collecting 18,000 Capri Sun drink pouches at home and in the lunchroom, they have earned more than $2,000 for their school.
The initiative, dubbed the Milestone Program, was launched in Sept. 2013 when Capri Sun started offering money to schools that collect and recycle juice pouches. Today, the program offers prizes made out of recycled pouches such as recycling bins, park benches and a playground.
“The Milestone Program is meant to inspire individuals and organizations to collect more waste while receiving prizes for their achievements,” said Tom Szaky, CEO of Terracycle. “It is rewarding to see the students and administration get so involved in making this work. It’s an incredible achievement to have kept so many pouches out of the waste stream.”