Thetis Island, Chemainus schools clean up in recycling contest

Thetis Island school raises over $17,500 in recycling project

Eleven ambitious elementary students and their teachers collected close to 192,000 containers and earned  prize money from Encorp’s B.C. School Recycling Program during the 2010/2011 school year.

Thetis Island not only won their enrollment category of 1 to 150 students – they beat out all other elementary schools in B.C.

“The students and teachers earned a whopping $17,539.00 for their school from recycling containers,” says Sandy Sigmund, chief marketing officer, Encorp Pacific (Canada).

“This combined with the prize money made a grand total of $18,289 to go towards school programs and equipment.”

Encorp’s B.C. School Recycling Program provides schools with the tools and resources to make recycling easy, convenient and profitable.

Schools keep 100 per cent of the deposit refunds for each container collected and the program costs the schools nothing.

The schools are grouped into categories, based on enrollment, and the schools that collect the most containers in each category win extra cash prizes.

This coming school year the prize money has increased.  First prize will be raised to $1,000, second prize $750 and third prize $500. Just go to www.return-it.ca/youthcentre/ for more information or to enter the Encorp School Recycling Program.

Honourable Mention goes to Chemainus Secondary for collecting 67,081 containers and earning $4,658.65 in deposits.

Other recognition opportunities include; all Top 5 schools from each enrollment category are recognized, with a yearend achievement certificate and individual award certificates are available for “superstar recyclers” at elementary schools.

Recognized elementary and secondary schools from all parts of B.C. are encouraged to participate.