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Students turn trash into treasures

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Chamisa Elementary School students learn the power of numbers

By Special to the Monitor

The teachers at Chamisa Elementary School used to see a lot of drink pouches get thrown away.
Once they signed up to recycle them through a company called TerraCycle, the school began earning two cents for every one of those pouches and became part of a nationwide effort that has just reached an impressive milestone of keeping 50 million pouches out of landfills.
In addition, TerraCycle, which makes affordable, eco-friendly products from packaging waste, and Capri Sun have paid $1 million to schools and non-profits in return for the recycled drink pouches.  
In more visual terms, 50 million drink pouches are the weight of 20 school buses or, if laid side by side, would cover 480 football fields or cover the Grand Canyon nine times. Instead of going to the landfill, those pouches are now reborn as tote bags, backpacks, lunch boxes and more.


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