Happy 2nd Birthday Upcycle It!


Today marks 2 years since the Upcycle It! program started in Westford.  It has been quite a success!
As of today, the totals are:

279, 562 pieces
2,759 lbs of trash kept out of the waste stream
$5,656.46 raised
I was recently informed that Upcycle It! is one of TerraCycle’s MVC’s – Most Valuable Collectors.
Over these 2 years, I have learned quite a bit sorting through the upcycle.  So, on this 2nd birthday, I’d like to share with you some random thoughts and a few things I have learned along the way.

Upcycle It! Top Ten Lessons Learned
10.  No matter how much you squeeze a juice pouch, there is still some juice left.
9.  Box Tops are now on Chex Mix bags.

8.  You can learn a lot by going through someone’s trash.

7. An elementary school does NOT go through as much glue as you might think.
6. It takes less than 2 weeks for juice pouches to really stink!
5. After sorting trash for a while, you can tell what kind of packaging something is just by the color and feel.
4. If you want good shipping boxes, stalk the chip and cereal vendors at the grocery stores.
3. If you sort upcycle stuff, ironically YOUR trash is very large because of the mistake items.
2. The number of candy wrappers upcycled increases from Halloween through Valentines, but so do toothbrushes and toothpaste.
1. People love to upcycle!
Do You Upcycle?
*Top photo used under Creative Commons from Landhere/Flickr

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6 Responses to Happy 2nd Birthday Upcycle It!

  1. Veronica May 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I LOVED reading this post, Happy 2nd Birthday and way to go!

  2. groovygreenlivin.com May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Congratulations! You and your town are truly amazing. What a fantastic list of things you’ve learned. I’m surprised it takes less than 2 weeks for the pouches to stink!I would have thought 2 days!

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) May 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      LOL! Yes they do get stinky! Luckily we have a little time to work with to accumulate enough to ship. I am always amazed at how well this program was embraced by the town!

  3. Very cool! Congratulations on 2nd year! I do up-cycle some of these but you gave me some more motivation, thanks.

  4. Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) May 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Glad to hear it Kelley.

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