This past week I purchased a package of Keebler's Sandies Pecan Shortbread cookies. On the wrapper, I discovered that Keebler has now paired with TerraCycle to encourage people to upcycle their cookie wrappers. As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of upcycling everything I can as I figure the fewer items that end up in landfills the better off we all are.
TerraCycle encourages consumers to save more than just cookie wrappers, though. They have established trash brigades to allow consumers to earn cash for their trash for a school or other non profit group. Through this program you can save items such as drink pouch containers, candy wrappers, home storage items (such as ziploc bags), yogurt containers, chip bag, and other items, then redeem them for $.02 each to raise money for programs such as schools. They then turn these items into products like fencing, eco friendly fire starters, windowbox planters and other garden pots, and much more. Visit their website for more information on this wonderful program.
Once you learn about the program, contact your local elementary, middle school, or high school and encourage them to participate in this program. I already send all my paper recycling to our local elementary school to help them raise money and hope to soon start sending cookie wrappers their way as well.