Encorp Pacific (Canada)

Encorp Pacific (Canada)

February 03, 2014 11:00 ET

Return-It™ School Helps Educators and the Environment

BC schools learn and earn $2.7 million total with recycling contest

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 3, 2014) -

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Since 1999, Encorp Pacific has offered complete recycling kits to participating schools in BC through the Return-It School program. Utilizing Encorp's Return-It Depot system, registered Return-It Schools have now diverted over 44 million used beverage containers from landfills and raised more than $2.7 million for students and schools.

For smaller schools, like Thesis Island Elementary on Vancouver Island, the money raised and awarded through the Return-It School program has been vital in helping to purchase new computers and fund field trips. Recycling "means a lot of work but it is worth it," says Thesis Island Elementary Principal Brenda Stevenson. "It teaches us the value of hard work and the reward that comes from living responsibly with our environment."

On average, almost 300 BC schools register with Return-It School annually. Encorp provides free collection bins, dedicated administrative support and personalized certificates of achievement for "Superstar Recyclers." Engaging classroom displays help spark learning and supplement existing music, science and ecology curriculums. Ministry of Education-approved learning modules encourage kids to have fun while learning about the importance of recycling.

Schools that would like to learn and earn though Return-It School this year can register at www.returnitschool.ca by February 28th, 2014.

Participating elementary schools can book a visit from Encorp's mascot, Return-It Man, who shows children the interesting process of turning old beverage containers into cool new things. Participating secondary schools can request the "Share Your Stare" photo booth to create fun animated GIFs featuring our popular container puppet characters to share on social media.

Encorp further encourages schools to Return-It by offering more than $20,000 in bonus prize money every year, awarded to top collecting schools across a number of different size categories. Return-It Depots and mobile collectors in each community support the Return-It School program by offering regular pick-up service for participating schools. A complete list of Return-It Depots can be found at www.return-it.ca.

Return-It Schools collected over 3 million beverage containers in 2012, a year in which Encorp's overall activities and recycling programs contributed to the reduction of about 94.3 thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent being released into the atmosphere.

About Encorp Pacific

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a product stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business. Encorp's mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to ensure that used containers are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated. For more information, please visit: www.return-it.ca

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