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Let’s Go Terracycling!

by Alumni Posts on March 9, 2011

in Extracurricular,Organizations, Activities & Events

For those of you who don’t know, back in November, Fontbonne signed up to be a part of Terracycle. Terracycle is an “up-cycling” company whose mission is to take what normally is considered trash and turn it into something new. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill recycling, though – Terracycle is all about turning candy wrappers into tote bags and cereal bags into notebooks. Terracycle categorizes their waste collection into “brigades”: if you want to recycle cookie wrappers, join the cookie wrapper brigade, etc. There are many different brigades, ranging from drink pouches to glue bottles to pens. When you sign up for a brigade, you are cleared to send in that type of waste once you collect a certain amount. As an extra perk, Terracycle will even donate at least $0.02 per unit of waste to a school or charity of your choosing. (We chose Fontbonne!)

They can only accept so much, though, so there is often a “wait list” for some of the more popular brigades. When we first signed up, Fontbonne was only able to get into a few, but since then we have greatly expanded our repertoire! Fontbonne is now collecting drink pouches (like Capri Sun), candy wrappers, cookie wrappers and inserts, energy bar wrappers, Bare Naked granola bags, Kashi packaging, Aveeno beauty products, tape rolls, cereal bags, antibiotic ointment tubes, ink jet cartridges, and chip bags. That’s a lot! To stay in these brigades, though, we have to stay active. That means sending in as many shipments as we can by May 4th. We just sent in a shipment of candy wrappers last week, so let’s keep it up!

We currently have five Terracycle containers around the main campus: in the DSAC, on the first floor of Ryan Hall, on the fourth floor of Medaille (Griffin’s Nest), and in the Southwest and St. Joseph residence halls. We hope to expand to the Brentwood campus soon, too. Please stop by and drop off your waste!! Thanks! 🙂

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