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Trash to Learning Treasure

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher education staff, (l to r) Renee Weeks, Andy Gould and Casey Radley sort donated candy wrappers. The wrappers were collected by several local classrooms during a post-Halloween recycling competition sponsored by the Aquarium.

Kure Beach, NC— Oh, how sweet it is. Area school students helped turn trash to treasure by participating in a candy wrapper recycling program sponsored by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The Aquarium invited local students to put a little green in their Halloween by collecting used candy wrappers.
Instead of trashing empty wrappers and filling landfills with extra waste, five New Hanover County classrooms delivered garbage bags full of wrappers totaling 7,330 grams or 16.2 pounds. This may not sound like much, but a single wrapper weighs as little as 0.1 ounce. Effie Sparrow’s Green Team class from Murray Middle school collected the most wrappers and won a free Aquarium education program. Students from the following classes also participated: Ashley Well’s kindergarten class at Holly Tree Elementary, Cynthia Maddox’s second-grade class at Codington Elementary, third grade students at Holly Tree Elementary and Deborah Fauble’s second grade class at Mary C. Williams Elementary.
The Aquarium will send the collected wrappers to a recycling partner, TerraCycle where the hard-to-recycle waste becomes new products like park benches, purses and backpacks. The Aquarium earns two cents for each wrapper to help fund conservation and education efforts. “We are very excited that so many students diligently collected candy wrappers,” said Aquarium Outreach Coordinator Andy Gould. We hope these students will not only continue to recycle any items they can, but will search for new ways to take action and care for the environment.” N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive south of Wilmington, near Kure Beach, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Normal operating hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days). Admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, free for children 2 and younger, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information: ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.