Los Alamos Cooperative Market earns top cereal bag recycler of the year award. Courtesy/LACM
- Los Alamos Co-op Market Turns Breakfast into Cash for Local Non-Profits
The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is the top state collector of cereal bags in the MOM Brands Cereal Bag Brigade®, a free, national recycling program created by a partnership between MOM Brands® and TerraCycle®.
By collecting waste from its MOM Brands® cereal packaging, the market has helped to divert 9,523 units of cereal bag waste from landfills. The market invites shoppers to drop off items, which are sorted by volunteers from the community.
Each year the Los Alamos Co-op allows members to vote for the non-profit organization to which they will send the money raised through TerraCycle. During February 2013 and February 2014, funds were split and donated to Pajarito Enviornmental Education Center and Friends of the Shelter.
After they sign up to join a recycling Brigade, organizations earn points for every unit of waste they collect and send to TerraCycle. The points can be redeemed for charitable gifts or a cash donation to the non-profit or school of the collector’s choice. TerraCycle recycles the traditionally non-recyclable cereal bag waste into new products and materials.
“We’re so thrilled (the) that Los Alamos Co-op Market has decided to pair with us to make such a positive impact on our environment,” TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said. “We commend them for their success so far, and can’t wait to see what they continue to collect.”
The Los Alamos Co+op was incorporated as a cooperative association in February 2007 with a mission that included promoting awareness about food, nutrition, health and cooperative values like fair trade and sustainability.
Individuals, schools or organizations interested in recycling with TerraCycle can learn more about the brigades and sign up free at www.terracycle.com.
TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, working with more than 40 major brands globally to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. TerraCycle repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products, visit www.terracycle.com.