TerraCycle’s Recycling Fundraiser for K-12 Schools Turns Empty Snack Packaging into Cash

The convenience of on-the-go snacks doesn’t have to be wasteful. International recycling leader TerraCycle is helping K-12 schools across the country turn hard-to-recycle snack packaging into cold, hard cash with a simple, kid-friendly recycling fundraiser.

In partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, kid-approved snack brands like Entenmann’s Little Bites, GoGo Squeez, Takis, Late July and more are taking action to help alleviate the stress of school fundraising. The solution is as simple as collecting empty snack pouches, wrappers and chip bags for recycling.

Schools earn money by collecting and recycling a wide array of “unrecyclables,” items that are not typically acceptable in curbside recyclingn — everything from empty chip bags to squeezable plastic pouches and caps.

“At TerraCycle, we see the inherent value in waste,” said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “This recycling fundraiser is much more than a practical way for schools to raise money— it’s a community-driven program that engages and empowers young people to keep waste out of the environment and landfills.”

Here’s how the TerraCycle school recycling fundraiser works:

  1. Create a free TerraCycle account for your school –  there’s no cost to participate.
  2. Sign up for as many free recycling programs as desired.
  3. Set up a recycling station with collection bins to collect the accepted waste.
  4. When the bins are full, download a free shipping label for each program and send the packaging to TerraCycle to be recycled for free.
  5. For each shipment, earn TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points that can be redeemed as cash for your school. The more packaging collected and shipped, the more money raised.

To simplify participation in the recycling fundraiser, TerraCycle launched a free, online School Recycling Resource Hub with tailored content including step-by-step guides for community outreach and recycling best practices, a downloadable recycling station decoration kit, and more.

TerraCycle’s school recycling program is open to any interested school community. For more information, visit www.terracycle.com/schools.

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