I recently joined Capri Sun's recycling program. The kids bring in empty pouches and the school gets $0.02 for every one returned. They provide the bags and mailing labels you just collect them and send them in. My question is this.....I need some ideas on how to go about collecting these? I am planning on having my 4th graders take on this project and want it to go smoothly.
Ask them to rinse them off or they will be sticky.
Ask them to bring you bundles of 10 with either a rubber band around the 10 or in a sandwich bag. This will make it easier for you to keep up with them.
I registered with them in the spring & got my shipping materials in just before school was out. I did not send off my first batch (I can't remember how many you can send at one time) because I changed classrooms and all my nice neat little bundles where already packed up for the move. I store mine in a box from the cafeteria because they get small boxes & making them easier to store until it's time to ship.
Remember to ask your friends, relatives, and others to save theirs too!
How do you go about signing up for the program? I think this would be a cool project for my class to complete. I know the office does the labels and pop tops, but maybe our grade or just my class can be in charge of this? I have some thinking to do!!!!
We started doing this towards the end of school (around Earth day) and in 2 months we raised over $600. Each teacher placed a container in their classroom where students could put their pouches(you can also collect any lays/frito lay product wrappers and nabisco - the company will also collect other brand juice pouches for 1 cent). Then our Fourth Grade Tutor who is in charge of soup labels/boxtops comes around once a day and collects items for Capri Sun's recycling program. We also keep a container in our cafeteria. Each day during lunch a gallon zip lock bag is placed at each class' table. Teachers chose different ways to do this, but I had one student who was responsible for collecting items at the end of lunch, our bag was then placed into the container. The students really got into this program...at the end of the month they would announce which class had collected the most items. Oh, I would always save the Capri Sun boxes to put the empty pouches back in. You also want to let the students to make sure that all liquid is squeezed out of the pouches before placing them or storing them in any container because they will mold if you don't. GOOD LUCK!
We decorated a large trash can and secured a lid with a slot in it. We found other trash in the can so make sure it just fits the pouch. We have to wash and cut slits in the bottom of each pouch...are any of you required to do that?
for 3 of their programs! This is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! Our school is one of the Green Initiative Schools in our district. This is fantastic since my science lab theme is "Going Green". I just love it -- love it -- love it!!
Our school has been collecting the Capri Sun's for the past year. We have a plastic storage container in the cafeteria that the students put their empty pouches inside. Classroom teachers also have a container in their room that they bring to the cafeteria to empty once a week. My fourth grade class cuts the bottoms out of the Capri Sun's and cleans the pouches in the sink. Many of the pouches are moldy when we clean them and they stink. It takes my class 1.5 hours a week to clean and count the Capri Sun's. We only have a student population of 125 and it is all we can do to keep up with the Capri Sun's our school consumes.
If found the Capri Sun Website-Terrecycle. But you mentioned about them accepting Nabisco and frito/lays items. I am going to sign up, but are those products all offered when I sign up or is there another website? I'm getting ready for church or else I'd sign up now!
This would be a great service project!!!!! I can just see all those pouches from last year just being trashed- now we can get some much needed money for them!!!!!!!
The website claims you do not have to clean the pouches, just collect them and return them...why do some of you cut the bottoms and wash them?? The no cleaning, cutting, etc. was the main reason I was attracted to this fundraiser!
When they send you the information, there's a piece about washing/cleaning...cutting the top by the straw and slicing through the bottom. We collected from each classroom and then when we had a bunch, the kids took on the job of washing/cleaning. It worked out great. It was their own little job to do!