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Liberty Middle recycling used snack bags
Students earn money for school, charity
Students at Liberty Middle School are among the states top collectors of snack bags in a national recycling program. - photo by For the FCN

WEST FORSYTH — Students at a Forsyth County middle school are among the state’s top collectors of snack bags in a national recycling program.

Liberty Middle’s environmental club led the school’s effort in The Hain Celestial Group Snack Bag Brigade, a free program schools can join to promote recycling and gain funding to keep or donate.

Students helped divert more than 7,000 snack bags from landfills while earning money for their school or a charity of choice.

TerraCycle, an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle-packaging and helped create the Snack Bag Brigade, received the bags collected by the school’s environmental club.

In a statement, TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky praised Liberty’s students as “an excellent example of a group of people that is truly making an impact on how our society approaches the issue of waste.”

“I am thrilled to reward them for their impressive efforts,” he said.

Any student at Liberty was able to participate by throwing bags away in a special collection bin in the cafeteria, said Sydnee Weinbaum, a spokeswoman for TerraCycle.

Club members then sorted the bags before sending them to the company.

Liberty is one of five such groups that is among the top collectors in Georgia.

After a group joins a recycling Brigade, Weinbaum said, it earns points for every unit of waste collected and sent in, which can then be redeemed for charitable gifts or a cash donation to the nonprofit or school of the group’s choice.

TerraCycle uses the collected waste to turn it into new products and materials.

Liberty’s Brigade plans to redeem its points for the school’s environmental club to use and “possibly create a nature trail.”