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Green Bytes: A sweet second life

Americans bought 120 million pounds of candy last Easter. By the time the sugar high wears off, millions of candy wrappers have been discarded and end up in landfills. It doesn't have to be that way. TerraCycle has partnered with Mars/Wrigley and Cadbury to create a second life for used candy wrappers. Conscious consumers are invited to join the Candy Wrapper Brigade by saving the wrapper from a Mars/Wrigley or Cadbury candy product. Collected wrappers can be sent to TerraCycle, where they'll be upcycled into purses, backpacks, coolers and other products. Participation in the Candy Wrapper Brigade is simple and free -- all costs and shipping are covered. Eligible products include M&Ms, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Twix, Snickers and Swedish Fish.

Local recyclers begin promoting ‘upcycling’

Upcycling is, “simply put - using those items that cannot be recycled and remaking them into reusable items,” says DiColandrea. He uses energy bar wrappers as an example of how materials can be reused when they can’t be recycled. “Its [energy bars] packaging remains very high as a waste, and recycling the packaging is not easy for some local recycling centers to do. Reusing the packaging to create another product is a simple and low-cost answer,” he added. Green Starkville has created a team for Terracycle, a company which collects materials that can be reused to manufacture new items – upcycling. For each item received, Terracycle will give $0.02 to Green Starkville, and Terracycle turns the materials into everything from clipboards, bags, and toys to fences.

Friends' collect non-recyclables

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is collecting non-recyclable items as part of a promotion to reduce waste and to raise money for various programs. Items being collected are: candy wrapper packaging from Mars/Wrigley or Cadbury; empty drink pouches from Honest Kids, Capri Sun and Kool-Aid; and empty Elmer’s glue bottles and sticks. For each item sent in, the Friends receive 2 cents. Those interested in volunteering should contact the group for further instructions at 718-601-1460, or go to www.vancortlandt.org. The program is done in conjunction with Terracycle, an eco-friendly group that “upcycles” the collected materials into new, ecofriendly and affordable products. For more information, go to http://www.terracycle.net.