CHARLOTTE – Oaklawn Language Academy is keeping snack pouches out of landfills.
Through a free recycling program in partnership with TerraCycle and sponsored by Entenmann’s Little Bites, Oaklawn has helped the nationwide collection reach the milestone of 2.5 million snack pouches diverted from the waste stream.
Along with keeping the pouches out of landfills, collectors earn points that can be redeemed for cash donations to the nonprofit or school of the collector’s choice. Donations have just passed $40,000.
Suzette Brown, a teacher at Oaklawn, has been collecting Little Bites packages with her son to improve their recycling efforts since 2012.
“In the fall of 2014, I introduced the ‘idea’ to my business marketing students as a recycling effort and potential business campaign, for a class grade,’ Brown said. “That is when our relationship with TerraCycle took off with our kick-off theme for our entire K-8 school ‘Help Save Little Bites’ pouches.”
TerraCycle finds innovative solutions for materials not typically accepted at municipal recycling facilities. Through free recycling programs, participants collect waste and ship using a pre-paid shipping label to TerraCycle for processing. The company recycles the waste into plastic that can be used for products such as park benches, recycling bins and playgrounds.
The Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing landfill waste. Visit www.terracycle.com to learn more about TerraCycle.