SPARTA, NJ – The Green Team at Sparta Middle School is collecting candy wrappers. The student organizer Abby Weisbeck said the group was looking for a project to “make Halloween more green.”
The wrappers brought in by Sparta will be added to many others ultimately to be collected by Terracycle. Weisbeck said their internet research led them to the organization with will take the wrappers and turn them into park benches, tables and playground equipment.
TerraCycle offers recycling programs for items that are difficult to recycle. For this campaign they are accepting individual, multipack and family size snack bags and wrappers, including candy, chip and granola wrappers. Food waste and carboard cartons are not part of this initiative.
The Green Team’s co-advisor Douglass Crouse and Cara Johnson said they are partnering with Subaru of Newton’s general manager Chris Dexter.
Weisbeck said she is working with Bridget and five others though “many more students helped out.” The Green Team was formed last year, Weisbeck said but this is the first project they took on this year. She said they were inspired by a “plastic free” day initiative in the school last year and from “talking with other students.”
They are still collecting wrappers and plan to continue through the school year.
“This is the first year,” Crouse said. “In future years, we hope to expand to other schools.”