Thursday, September 20, 2012


SD 33 News

'Superstar Recyclers'

Schools win, environment wins

Released by Trish Knight Chernecki, TKC Communications


Yale Secondary students collect bottles and cans for their school.


hilliwack Elementary schools diverted 42,004 beverage containers to a Return-It depot and away from landfills. They earned $2,405.73 in deposit refunds for their schools as part of the 2011/2012 Encorp BC School Recycling Program.


“Chilliwack students, teachers and parents put in a good effort saving beverage containers from the waste stream,” says Sandy Sigmund, Vice President Development and CMO, Encorp Pacific (Canada). She adds, “All the money stays with the school that earned it going towards enhancing student activities and the purchasing of equipment.”


This year’s Chilliwack School Highlights include:

  • Sardis Elementary led the way collecting the most beverage containers in Chilliwack - 14,694. They earned $901.93 for their school.

  • Robertson Elementary came in 2nd with 10,735 recovered containers and earning $538.50

  • Bernard Elementary came in 3rd with 7,853 saved containers and $527.50 in refunds.

  • Strathcona Elementary collected 5,949 containers earning $298.55.

  • Little Mountain Elementary brought in 2,773 containers and earned $139.25.

Encorp Pacific (Canada) BC School Recycling Program provides schools with the tools and resources to make recycling easy, convenient and profitable.  Since the program’s inception in 2000, over 40 million containers have been recycled and BC schools have been refunded more than $2.4 million. Schools keep 100% of the deposit refunds for each container collected and the program is free of charge. The schools are grouped into categories, based on student enrollment, and the schools that collect the most containers in each category win cash prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 for first, second and third.


We thank all the schools who took part in the BC School Recycling Program. Just go to for more information on how your school ranked, or to enter the Encorp School Recycling Program.


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 BC are encouraged to participate.


About Encorp

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business. They are committed to developing and managing a consumer-friendly and cost-effective system to recover beverage containers from consumers and ensure that they are recycled and not incinerated or land filled. They also provide their stewardship services on a contract basis to the Electronics Industry for the collection and recycling of regulated products, as well as the Dairy Industry to manage their voluntary Milk recycling program.


To learn more about Encorp Pacific, visit

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