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Posted: March 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Theme school earns money and prizes

Newton County Theme School students are cleaning up the environment and earning money for their school. By simply collecting drink pouches from the lunchroom or classroom, Newton County Theme School students can win playgrounds, park benches and recycling bins for their school or community.

The school participates in the Drink Pouch Brigade, a free recycling program for individuals or groups from Capri Sun and eco-pioneer TerraCycle. To mark the milestone of almost 200 million drink pouches collected and almost $4 million given to charity since the start of the program six years ago, Capri Sun is increasing the prizes and benefits of recycling through the program. In addition to earning money for each drink pouch collected and sent to TerraCycle, schools can now win prizes made from recycled drink pouches, like park benches, recycling bins and more.

“As the Drink Pouch Brigade reaches its sixth year, we are thrilled Capri Sun is giving dedicated collectors even more to look forward to this school year,” TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said. “We hope the prizes will encourage people to keep even more waste out of landfills and get the larger community involved.”

Newton County Theme School is one of thousands of schools across the country that participate in the Drink Pouch Brigade. To learn more about, or to sign up for the program, visit www.terracycle.com. The program is free to any interested organization or individual and all shipping costs are paid.

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