Introducing the Return-It School's 2022 Contest Winners
September 12, 2022
It has been another successful year for the Return-It School Contest, which received many inspiring recycling success stories from B.C. elementary, middle and high school students. Since the program’s inception 22 years ago, hundreds of schools have taken part in the program by collecting refundable beverage containers. The contest aims to empower the leaders of tomorrow by providing an incentive for students to take their recycling initiatives to the next level.
The 2021/2022 school year was competitive, with many entries demonstrating how students from across the province are showing a commitment and passion for recycling. The Return-It School Contest reflects Return-It’s social purpose to foster a world where nothing is waste – creating a better future for people, communities and the planet through recycling, education and strategic partnerships.
Ladner Elementary School’s New Playground Fundraiser
September 15, 2021
Ladner Elementary is a winner of the 2020/21 Return-It School Contest!
Students & parents at Ladner Elementary School have been collecting refundable bottles & cans since the Summer of 2020 to help raise funds for the Playground Replacement Project. With the help of community donations, they have returned almost 90,000 containers through drive-through drop-off events and the school's Return-It Express account!
Anahim Lake Jr. Secondary’s community recycling initiative
September 15, 2020
Students at Anahim Lake Jr. Secondary School, located in the remote Cariboo region village of Anahim Lake, know how important a fundraiser can be. Attending a remote school of just 48 students means the cost of field trips can be sky-high, so they’ve been banding together to raise funds for annual school trips with bottle drives since 2014!
Anahim Lake bottle drives do more than just fund field trips, though – through their efforts, the students have visibly cleaned up their community by getting all of its residents on board with keeping recyclables off the streets.
Tsi Deldel Elementary School’s New Community Recycling System
September 30, 2019
Students at Tsi Deldel School were faced with a real challenge when they set out to promote recycling in their small community. Until recently, the small First Nations community of Tsi Deldel in Tsilhqot'in territory, Central British Columbia had no recycling infrastructure.
“Before we started the recycling program, our community was often littered with containers,” said Moray Kennedy, a teacher at Tsi Deldel Elementary School. “Now, residents are starting to deliver their recyclables right to our collection sheds at the school.”
Rutland Elementary - 1st place Elementary Division 2017/2018
November 29, 2018
At Rutland Elementary School in Kelowna, we have had in-school beverage container recycling for many years. So far this school year, our 424 students have diverted 5842 beverage containers from the landﬁll and the Parent Council has used the $296.45 collected towards the purchase of musical instruments such as xylophones, metallophones and ukuleles.
We have three collection bins set up in the hallways, one in each portable and one in the staff room. Twice a week a parent volunteer sorts and counts the containers and, every month or two, takes the bags of containers to our local Columbia Bottle Depot at 680 Dease Rd.