Recycling nets cash for two local schools

Two Campbell River schools have earned more than $1,700 in recycling income

Two Campbell River schools have earned more than $1,700 in recycling income that will be used to fund student activities and purchasing much needed equipment.

Southgate Middle School students and teachers collected 18,444 beverage containers and earned $966.97 in deposit refunds earning an Honourable Mention (fourth place) in their enrollment category of 501 to 750 students during the 2011/2012 Encorp B.C. School Recycling Program.

Ecole Phoenix Middle School was hot on the heelsnof Southgate collecting 15,521 containers and receiving $783.25 in deposit refunds.

Sandy Sigmund, Vice President Development of Encorp Pacific (Canada), praised the schools’ efforts.

“Campbell River students, teachers and parents are putting in a strong effort diverting beverage containers from landfills. All the money stays with the school that earned it going towards enhancing student activities and the purchasing of equipment.”

Encorp Pacific (Canada) BC School Recycling Program provides schools with the tools and resources to make recycling easy, convenient and profitable.

Since the program’s inception in 2000, more than 40 million containers have been recycled and B.C. schools have been refunded more than $2.4 million.

Schools keep 100 per cent of the deposit refunds for each container collected and the program is free of charge.

The schools are grouped into categories, based on student enrollment, and the schools that collect the most containers in each category win cash prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 for first, second and third.

For more information of how to participate in the program go to www.return-it.ca/youthcentre.

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business.

The company is committed to developing and managing a consumer-friendly and cost-effective system to recover beverage containers from consumers and ensure that they are recycled and not incinerated or land filled.

Encorp also provides stewardship services on a contract basis to the electronics industry for the collection and recycling of regulated products, as well as the dairy industry to manage voluntary milk recycling program.