Encorp Pacific (Canada)

Encorp Pacific (Canada)

September 07, 2010 09:00 ET

Registration Open for Encorp's School Recycling Program

Popular Program Enables BC Students to Fundraise and Help Environment

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Encorp Pacific, the BC-based product stewardship corporation, is inviting schools across BC to register online at www.return-it.ca/youth for their School Recycling Program. The program offers both elementary and high schools across the province the opportunity to raise funds for special projects while helping to keep beverage containers out of landfills.

Since the start of Encorp's School Recycling Program in 2000, schools have recycled about 33 million containers have been recycled and Encorp has refunded more than $2 million in deposit refunds to participating BC schools. In the 2009/2010 school year alone, 365 schools (representing 153,334 students) participated in Encorp's School Recycling Programs and raised more than $291,000, keeping over 4.6 million beverage containers out of BC landfills.

"The program has been really successful and is good for both the schools and the environment," says Sandy Sigmund, Director of Marketing and Development. "It's a great way for the students to fundraise for special projects like field trips. And keeping beverage containers out of landfills saves precious resources within our environment."

Last year, George Pringle Elementary School in Westbank, BC began the school year with a five-day bottle drive. "We had such strong support that we decided to expand our efforts and collect containers from parents on a designated day every month," says Kathy Erickson, PAC Volunteer. "It was also a good volunteer project for Grade 6 students who collect drink containers from classrooms. This year, we've decided that the funds we raise will go toward a field trip to Vancouver."

In addition to the deposit refunds the schools receive for returned beverage containers, Encorp awards schools that collect the most containers per student bonus cash prizes. The contest is structured so that schools of similar size compete against each other in nine separate categories.

"To add even more incentive, schools who get really creative with their fundraising are eligible to win additional cash prizes. For instance, some schools extend the program to help promote recycling within their surrounding community. We also acknowledge students and groups who show exceptional dedication to helping our environment by awarding them special certificates," adds Sandy Sigmund.

Once registered, participating schools can use Encorp's easy-to-use web application at www.return-it.ca/youth to keep a tally of their returns, compare their totals against other schools and blog about their ideas on recycling. Participating schools also receive newsletters and are eligible to receive free recycling bins and bags from Encorp to help in their container collection.

About Encorp Pacific

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product stewardship corporation Encorp's mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated.

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