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Forest Park Elementary Awarded New Recycled Picnic Table
ALBANY -- It's Earth Day, and Entenmann's is teaming up with Terracycle to launch the Little Bites "Recycle... Reuse... Replenish" Earth Day campaign.
Elementary students at Forest Park participated in the nationwide recycling program, and on Tuesday the two companies showed up at their school to award them for their efforts.
The students collected thousands of pouches for Terra Cycle, and in return they received recyclable lunch boxes and a new picnic table on their playground to remember their hard work this Earth Day.
"It's pretty cool, in a couple of years I won't be here, but the table will still be here," says fourth grader, Victor Kelley. "Today is about saving our earth and recycling and keeping garbage out of our landfills, because instead of littering we can recycle trash into stuff like our new picnic table," Kelley adds.
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy attended the Earth Day event to congratulate the students.
"It's great to show that every little thing from paper bottles to the plastic that the Little Bites come in can be recycled and turned into clothes, tables, chairs, you name it. It's just really great to say hey look, we can make a difference in our environment, not just for the next generation, but for us presently," says McCoy.
Terra Cycle has collected a total of 96,000 pouches across the U.S. through participating schools like Forest Park Elementary.
"We're thrilled that our Little Bites are in lunchboxes at mealtime and now with the Little Bites Pouch Brigade recycling program to reuse the pouches and limit waste, it's a win-win for parents, kids and schools," says Maureen Sticco, Director of Marketing Services, Entenmann's.
"We are very excited to partner with Entenmann's to help teach kids about how to recycle, reuse and replenish the earth," says TerraCycle CEO, Tom Szaky.
Little Bites joins an establish national TerraCycle Brigade recycling initiative that currently has 38.5 million participants in the U.S. and has paid out $6 million to charitable organizations and schools for waste collected through its Brigades programs to date. The company has collected over 2.6 billion pieces of garbage, recycling all different types of waste from used drink pouches to tooth brushes to water filters.
The Little Bites "Recycle...Reuse...Replenish" campaign is aimed to educate consumers on how to recycle Little Bites pouches and turn trash into cash for schools through the point redemption process, complete with a Sweepstakes activation on Facebook for a chance to win an assortment of prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 cash.
All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET April 30, 2014. Official rules can be found here.