We have an exciting new program to tell you about! We are now a TerraCycle Brigade participant which means we are collecting specific non-recyclable packaging as a way to raise money. This free collection program educates children about reusing, provides a much needed boost in funding for us and most importantly, saves tons of garbage from ending up in a landfill. You can help by having your child bring in packaging from items you use everyday. And if you don't have children to participate, let your inner child bring in the recyclables and support the effort! We will send them to TerraCycle and, in return, UUCLR will receive a donation. You can even track our collection efforts by setting up an account at www.terracycle.net and joining the UUCLR team.
We collect on First Sundays along with all the other recycling efforts.
Here are descriptions of the items we can send in. "Brigade" refers to a waste stream, and each brigade must be sent in separately. Which means they must be sorted. Post this list in your kitchen as a reminder and for easy reference. If you see any of these precious materials littered on the ground pick it up as you normally would, but don't throw it away -- bring it to church! Be sure to explain to the children in your life what you are doing, and remind them when the opportunity presents itself. Have fun!
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Candy Wrapper Brigade: Individual Candy Wrappers, Large Candy Bags, and Multi-Pack Candy Bags.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Chip Bag Brigade: Chip Bags, Tortilla Chip Bags, Pretzel Bags, Pita Chip Bags, Bagel Chip Bags, Soy Crisp Bags, Salty Snack Bags.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Cheese Packaging Brigade: string cheese packages, individual singles wrappers, singles packages, shredded cheeses packages, grated cheese containers, creamed cheese packaging, cottage cheese tubs, all cheese wrappers.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Kashi Brigade: Plastic cereal bag liners (all brands), Kashi Meals packaging, Kashi frozen dinners packaging, Kashi Rice Pilaf packaging, Kashi pizza packaging, Kashi waffle packaging, Kashi cereal liners, Kashi cereal packaging, Kashi hot cereal packaging, Kashi TLC Bars packaging, Kashi TLC Bars foil lined wrappers, Kashi crackers packaging, Kashi cookies packaging, Kashi cookies trays.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade: lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, body wash containers, soap tubes, soap dispensers, lotion dispensers, shaving foam tubes, powder cases, lotion bottles, chapstick tubes, lotion tubes, face soap dispensers, face soap tubes, face lotion bottles, face lotion jars, nail polish bottles, nail polish remover bottles, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lipliner pencils, hand lotion tubes, hair gel tubes, hair paste jars.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Spreads Brigade: plastic butter tubs, margarine tubs, cream cheese tubs, cheese spread containers, butter tub lids, margarine tub lids, cream cheese tub lids, cheese spread lids.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Yogurt Container Brigade: yogurt cups, yogurt containers, and yogurt lids.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Drink Pouch Brigade: Aluminum Drink Pouches, Plastic Drink Pouches.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Scott Brand Brigade: paper products outer plastic wrapper, bath tissue plastic wrapper, napkins plastic wrapper, moist wipes packaging, paper towels plastic wrapper. ANY BRAND
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Cereal Bag Brigade: Malt-O-Meal, generic, or other brand cereal bags.
- The following types of waste can be collected through the Coffee Bag Brigade: all coffee bags.
An eco-friendly innovator, TerraCycle will upcycle the materials we collect into cool new eco-friendly and affordable products such as tote bags, pencil cases, kites, shower curtains and backpacks that are available nationwide at Wal*Mart, Target, Home Depot, Office Max, and Sam's Club. Since the products are made directly from used packaging of recognizable brands, children are able to quickly understand the impact of their efforts. For more information on TerraCycle, visit www.terracycle.net or call 866-967-6766. The TerraCycle Brigade programs are a fun and easy way for us to empower ourselves and our children to make a difference locally and globally. Thank you in advance for helping us reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Collection containers will be made available soon at the First Sunday Recycling tables.