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Glendale school reaches recycling milestone

Photo courtesy Redeemer Lutheran School

The students of Redeemer Lutheran School in Glendale have been recycling drink cartons to earn their school money and prizes.

As part of TerraCycle and Capri Sun’s Drink Pouch Brigade, the students have been collecting their empty drink pouches in the lunchroom at school and at home. Since they began, the students have reached the first level of the milestone contest by collecting and recycling more than 10,000 drink pouches, earning Redeemer Lutheran School over $700.

In addition to the money earned for each piece of waste collected, participants can win prizes made from recycled drink pouches, such as storage bins, a playground and other rewards for their schools.

“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.”

The students at Redeemer Lutheran School look to continue their recycling ways and reach higher milestones in the Drink Pouch Brigade contest.

“Our students have done a tremendous job,” said Michael Williams, principal of Redeemer Lutheran School. “They are really helping with recycling and fundraising for the school.”

Thousands of other schools and organizations across the U.S. participate in the Drink Pouch Brigade. The free program is open to any interested organization or individual, and all shipping costs are paid. Since 2007, Drink Pouch Brigade participants have kept almost 235 million drink pouches out of landfills and have raised more than $4.5 million for charity.

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