Collector Spotlight: Mercer Elementary School

Entenmann’s Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program

A small school of approximately 200 students, Mercer Elementary School really takes the cake as a top collector for the Entenmann’s Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program

Through the free, national recycling program sponsored by beloved snack brand Entenmann’s Little Bites®, Mercer Elementary School has collected a significant 104,000 snack pouches so far, keeping thousands of typically non-recyclable items and more out of landfills every day. 

Mercer Elementary School, a hop and a skip from TerraCycle® global headquarters in Trenton, New Jersey, started collecting with us in 2013 after learning about our work in the local community and through our national recycling platforms.

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Mercer Elementary School students Andron Matthews (left) and Lemuel Cruz Camacho (right) recycle their Entenmann’s Little Bites packaging.

“The program has consistently helped our school community gain a better understanding of the environmental impacts of pollution, recycling, and upcycling,” stated Vance Bachman, special education teacher at Mercer Elementary School in his 14th year.

Not only does the school’s dedication to its collection program help the environment and teach future generations about the importance of recycling, but the more items they send to TerraCycle, the more TerraCycle points they earn.

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for charitable gifts or a cash donation to the school or nonprofit of the collector’s choice. Mercer Elementary School redeems for its School Student Activities Account, which goes directly toward providing and improving educational opportunities by funding field trips, assemblies, and other special school-wide events.

Bachman adds, “Providing members of the school community with regular updates and reminders to continue collecting pouches helps to improve overall participation in the school’s TerraCycle program.”

Thanks to collectors like Mercer Elementary School, the Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouch Recycling Program has diverted nearly 5,000,000 pouches from landfills and donated over $77,500 to schools and charities. The program is open to any individual, school, business or community organization interested in reducing items sent to landfills. 

To learn more about the Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouch Recycling Program, click here.

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