According to Terracycle, every year billions of drink pouches end up in dumpsters and landfills across America. Starting this week, the Chesnut community began contributing plastic drink pouches (with or without straws) and drink pouches with spouts to two collection containers, located in the school cafeteria. The school is also accepting drink pouches brought in from home. The pouches are sent to Terracycle (shipping is free to the school), and, in turn, the company converts the drink pouch material into innovative products from tote bags and pencil cases to plastic lumber and pavers. Chesnut’s Ecology Club will be promoting the program, as well as the benefits of recycling in general, to the student body.
There is no cost for Chesnut to participate in the Drink Pouch Brigade. While saving the earth, an added benefit is helping the school. For each unit of waste collected, Chesnut will earn TerraCycle points redeemable for donations to the school.