Encorp Pacific (Canada)

Encorp Pacific (Canada)

July 11, 2011 12:34 ET

BC Schools Win Cash Prizes for Being Serious About Recycling

Encorp Pacific (Canada) Helps Schools Recycle Their Beverage Containers

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - Thousands of students throughout BC have worked very hard this year – and not just with homework. Over 300 schools participated in Encorp's BC School Recycling Program for the 2010 – 2011 school year and ensured that 4 million beverage containers were recycled into something new. Encorp's BC School Recycling Program provides schools with the resources and tools to make recycling easy, convenient and profitable. Participating schools receive a deposit refund for each container collected and it is free for schools to participate. Encorp also spices things up a bit by adding a little incentive; schools that collect the most containers per student (containers/students=score) are eligible for cash prizes. The top prize is $750. Encorp is pleased to announce this year's top prize winners:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM

School Name City Number of
Containers
Recycled
Deposit
Value
Refunded
Cash
Prize
Awarded
• Thetis Island Elementary Chemainus 191,198 $17,539.00 $750
• View Royal Elementary Victoria 100,103 $7,211.30 $750
• Rogers Elementary Victoria 49,182 $3,855.00 $750
• Collingwood School West Vancouver 98,997 $6,037.49 $750

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

School Name City Number of
Containers
Recycled
Deposit
Value
Refunded
Cash
Prize
Awarded
• Island Oak High School Duncan 38,557 $2,772.95 $750
• Tumbler Ridge Secondary Tumbler Ridge 55,204 $3,941.30 $750
• Nechako Valley Secondary Vanderhoof 88,098 $5,879.30 $750
• Robert Bateman Secondary Abbotsford 69,747 $4,415.85 $750
• Yale Secondary Abbotsford 224,704 $13,824.70 $750

Another $6,750 in cash prizes was awarded to second and third place schools in each of the size categories.

Since the program's inception in 2000, about 37 million containers have been recycled, and Encorp has refunded more than $2.2 million in deposit refunds to participating BC schools. "Beverage container recycling is a great way for schools to raise money for programs and activities such as field trips and luncheons and for items like computer & sports equipment. The possibilities are endless!" says Sandy Sigmund of Encorp Pacific. Recycling also has many other rewards besides just receiving your refund, "By recycling beverage containers, you contributed to the reduction of about 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being released into British Columbia's atmosphere. That's like taking 39,000 cars of BC roads or lighting 63,000 homes for a year."

For more information about Encorp's BC School Recycling Program, and to view all program winners, visit return-it.ca/youth.

ABOUT ENCORP PACIFIC (CANADA)

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business. 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 landfilled. They also provide their 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 their voluntary milk recycling program. To learn more about Encorp Pacific (Canada), visit return-it.ca.

Contact Information

  • MEDIA CONTACT:
    Encorp Pacific (Canada)
    Manny Sahota
    Programs Coordinator
    604-473-2419
    manny@encorpinc.com