Bain Elementary School will participate in a program aimed at reducing waste. The school, along with several other area schools, will partner with the company TerraCycle. Students will send back wrappers such as drink pouches and receive two cents for every wrapper returned. More than 50,000 schools and organizations are participating in the program and TerraCycle expects to give away as much as $1 million.

Ballantyne Elementary is also participating in the program.

“I saw the program mentioned on a Capri Sun box and it seemed like a great
way to help the school by raising money and the earth by reducing waste
through recycling,” said Michelle Walsh, the parent who signed the school
up for the program. “I approached the Ballantyne Elementary School PTA
(where 2 of my 3 children attend) about getting involved in the program. I
set up a labeled bin in the cafeteria where the kids deposit the pouches.
I pick up the bags weekly and send them off to TerraCycle.”
The school is part of a free nationwide program called “Brigades┬«’ that
pays schools and non-profits to collect non-recyclable waste that would
otherwise go to landfill. Now the programs are coming full circle back to
Charlotte through an exciting partnership with local Walmart* locations.

TerraCycle uses waste material to make a wide range of products like Seed
Starter kits made from yogurt cups and pencil cases made from drink
pouches, which will be sold at Walmart for the first time in honor of the
40th Anniversary of Earth Day this month!

In fact, for a limited time Walmart is selling the widest range of
TerraCycle’s ‘Upcycled’ products ever. For the month of April,
TerraCycle’s products will be sold right next to original items, so tote
bags made from Frito-Lay wrappers will be sold with bags of Frito-Lay
chips and backpacks made from Capri Sun drink pouches will be sold next to
boxes of the popular juice. One of the most fun items will be purses and
shoulder bags for teens and adults made from popular Mars candy wrappers
like M&M’s and Skittles.

“I love that we can help our local school and the planet at the same time!
It’s a great opportunity to get our children directly involved in the
recycling process; it also teaches them that a small effort can
(collectively) make a huge impact on the environment,” Walsh added. “Funds
raised will go towards our School Beautification Fund.”
Nationwide, over 50,000 schools and community groups have signed up to
help collect over 25 million used pieces of packaging. Through the
TerraCycle Brigades, schools and non-profits will earn close to one
million dollars this year!