We are known for schools participating in our program, but not all TerraCycle participants are schools. In fact, one of our most accomplished participants is a community group from Westford, Massachusetts, who has rallied the entire town to join its recycling efforts. Kristina Greene helps run Upcycle It!, a community recycling program that sends items to TerraCycle.
Kristina and Upcycle It! recently passed the $5,000 raised mark, which means that the group has donated $5,000 in grants to area schools, teachers and students. They also recently won TerraCycle’s Chip Bag Blitz contest. Pretty impressive work! Check out some of their collections in just one day:
Upcycle It! places strategic collection locations around town so that anyone can participate and contribute to the “green” programs. They collect at their local farm market, Westford Farmers Market, every Saturday. By placing collection bins all around town, they reach out to as many people as they can, maximizing the amount of trash they can send in. They also put “classroom buckets” in participating schools, giving students the change to collect and learn about recycling and upcycling.
Upcycle It! even has volunteers to collect the trash from collection locations, sort it, and package it to be sent to TerraCycle. Their incentive and reward? Keeping Westford clean and green, and contributing to the grant money earned.
Kristina Greene also publishes a blog called “The Greening of Westford” that highlights recycling and sustainability tips – it’s a useful resource for people in and outside of Westford. Upcycle It! is a perfect example of how to extend the reach of any community OR school Brigade by building relationships.
Thank you and congratulations, Upcycle It!. Keep up the hard work and good luck with future collections!
Live near Westford, Massachusetts? Check out Upcycle It! updates here.
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