Return-It Recycling and Fundraising

Van Horne PAC Presents

February Recycling Challenge

Your house needs you! Return your refundable container(s) and receive house color points!
Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Total
19 19 23 18 79
17 11 20 18 66
16 18 10 22 66
13 10 13 8 44
  1. During February, return containers to any Return-It Depot and send a message to sustainability@vanhornepac.com, telling us how many kids you have and their house colour.
  2. During February, drop off containers at parent hubs and send a message to sustainability@vanhornepac.com, telling us how many kids you have and their house colour.
  3. Each Monday in February*: drop off containers at our collection point on 43rd between 8:40am and 9:00am; be sure to tell us in person how many kids you have and their house colour.
IMPORTANT:
  • Both students and teachers are encouraged to participate.
  • Every drop-off, regardless of size, earns each of your children 1 point for their house. (Ex: If you have two kids at Van Horne, their house will net two points.)
  • Each family can earn point(s) only once per week.
  • We don’t collect information about the number of containers, student names, or student divisions.
  • Each week we’ll inform the community about the current points status, and at the end of the month, we’ll report the final results of the challenge.
  • Since school is not in session on Monday, February 15th (Family Day), we’ll collect on Tuesday, the 16th instead.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

Total Containers Collected

Funds Raised To Date

HOW IT WORKS

Collect unsorted, empty containers and place them in clear plastic bags. Then…

 

…Go to THE depot

  1. Go to any Return-It Express location.
  2. Log in their kiosk with account number 6047134965 (school phone number) and print the label(s).
  3. Put label(s) on your bags and leave them at the depot.

…Go to A parent hub

  1. Drop off your bags at a parent volunteer’s hub. For addresses, contact sustainability@vanhornepac.com.

… drop-off at school on Monday mornings NEW!

  1. Bring your bags to school on Mondays between 8:40-9:00am.
  2. The drop-off location is West 43rd Avenue, about 100 feet from the ramp.

 WHAT SHOULD I COLLECT?

Collect any refundable containers for which you paid a deposit (within Canada) and take them to your closest Return-It Express depot. If you can’t go to a Return-It depot, email sustainability@vanhornepac.com for the address of a volunteer parent hub in our neighbourhood. 

Return-It will sort and count containers and deposit the refund money to our PAC account. We will use this money to support student government projects and other PAC initiatives.

You can collect the following:

  • Juice boxes
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic jugs
  • Pouches

View the image below or see the full list here.

Note: Dairy, soy, coconut, almond, and oat milk containers aren’t part of the program. Put them in your household recycling.

STARTER KIT

To help spark participation, the PAC will provide starter kits to interested families. Each kit contains:

  • 10 bags
  • 10 pre-printed labels (so you don’t have to create labels at the depot)
  • A flyer with instructions

 To request a starter kit (or request more bags), please fill out this form.

TIPS

  • Clear white or blue plastic bags are acceptable at Return-It depots.
  • Containers should be clean and empty with caps on.
  • Straws should be pushed into drink boxes.
  • Alcohol bottles and cans are welcome, too.
  • To avoid breaking glass, mix containers in the bags. Put no more than 15 glass bottles in a single bag.

WHAT DO THE FUNDS GET USED FOR?

Funds raised support student government projects, the PAC’s recycling efforts at the school, and general PAC initiatives.

The goal is to make this a community habit. If even a small percentage of parents start returning recylables to Return-It, the impact would be enormous; plus, we’d be visibly modelling good recyclying habits for our children.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?

Reach out to our sustainability coordinator at sustainability@vanhornepac.com.

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