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Fort Campbell -- Middle school students collect recyclables to benefit school, Earth
by Michelle Vowell
Fort Knox, KY | December 12, 2013
Wassom Middle School eighth grader Drabin Morgan wants to save the planet by recycling one piece of trash at a time."If we don't recycle, one day our planet is going to be gone and it's going to be our fault," said the 14-year-old student.
"So, I think helping the earth also helps everybody on the earth."Morgan and her peers help to preserve the earth through the Fort Campbell, Ky., school's new recycling program. Launched in Septem-ber, Wassom has partnered with TerraCycle, an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products, according to terracycle.com.
"Our program helps earn money for our school and different charities while keeping unnecessary amounts of trash out of our landfills," wrote recycling coordinator Julie Deckard in a letter to Wassom parents. The partnership enables students to recycle and keep waste out of landfills, while helping Wassom earn easy money for the school. Participating in a TerraCycle brigade is totally free. There are no signup or participation fees, and the shipping is covered by the program."It's easy because this fundraiser isn't requiring you to go out and buy a product, it's stuff we all use in our house every day," Deckard said.
"We just need to make sure they're going to recycling and not to the trash can."TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills."Toothbrushes—they cut the bristles off and make them into ink pens," Deckard said.
"They take your mascara, your deodorant and turn those into paving stones. They take cell phones and make them into park benches. They even take your shoes and export them to countries where kids don't have shoes. Candy wrappers are book covers."