Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:00 am ·  0 Comments
The school year may be over, but students and teachers at Sheridan Public School in Oakville’s Falgarwood neighbourhood aren’t taking a break from their die-hard recycling efforts. In fact, they’re stepping up their dedication to “recycling the non-recyclable” by participating in a national contest with TerraCycle — and as the deadline approaches, they’re asking the Oakville community to help them win (currently, they’re in 8th place).
The goal of the so-called Snack Pouch Smack Down is to divert as many empty snack pouches and baby food pouches from landfill as possible. The contest runs until the end of July and is helping to promote a recycling and fundraising initiative at TerraCycle called the Snack PouchBrigade, which enables any brand of used snack or baby food pouch to be recycled into hard plastic lumber or upcycled into pencil cases and tote bags. Anyone in the country can sign up, and with every shipment, you can earn money for your favourite school, non-profit or charity.
Snack pouches, which are made from flexible plastic fused together with aluminum, are technically recyclable, however, the high cost of separating these mixed materials means the infrastructure to do so simply isn’t available across the country and therefore local municipalities won’t accept these items in curbside recycling pickup. As a result, the materials needlessly end up in landfills all over Canada.
This prompted GoGo squeeZ and TerraCycle to join together and provide a solution.
If Sheridan wins this contest, they’ll be presented with a $50 GoGo squeeZ prize pack (many schools choose to donate these to local food banks or breakfast programs) along with bonus points that they can redeem as a cash donation to their school to fund new programs, textbooks and more.
Fran Matthews, the TerraCycle coordinator and secretary at Sheridan, is determined to keep the school’s collections going throughout the summer months. She is actively updating the Sheridan Facebook page and website, as well as asking for donations of empty pouches via the website TrashNothing.com.
To date, Sheridan has sent in 4,615 snack pouches, but they also collect for TerraCycle’s Cereal Bag Brigade, Air and Home Care Brigade, Cookie and Cracker Wrapper Brigade and more, and have in total diverted an astonishing 268,197 items of “non-recyclable” waste from our landfills.
To help the students in their recycling and fundraising efforts, start collecting all of your used snack pouches and baby food pouches, of any brand; then, on THURSDAY, JULY 30, drop them off at the school anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sheridan Public School is located at 1555 Lancaster Drive in Falgarwood.