Thinking creatively with waste

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By Kirsten Laskey

Once the juice from a bottle has been drunk or the final chip from the bag has been eaten, it seems like that plastic bottle or bag is no longer any good. Its use has been used up.

Not so, according to TerraCycle, a company in New Jersey that turns non-recyclable waste into affordable, eco-friendly products.

Furthermore, Chamisa Elementary School is among the 60,000 locations that supports TerraCycle’s claim.

The school participates in the company’s Capri Sun brigade, which collects the empty juice drink pouches and sends them to TerraCycle to be used as anything from backpacks to pencil pouches.

Cathy Cleland, a parent of Chamisa school students, said she learned about the endeavor after purchasing a box of Capri Sun and noticing that there was a message on the box about recycling with TerraCycle.

Cleland said she immediately thought it was a great idea since she is a “recycling freak.”

As a result, she introduced the program to her students’ school at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. So far 8,000 Capri Sun pouches have been sent to TerraCycle.

The school does receive a little money for its involvement – 2 cents a pouch.

Although less than $100 has been raised, something even more valuable has been gained.

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