Cash for Trash

Our PTF and other volunteers help raise money for Immanuel by sorting a variety of otherwise non-recycleable materials and shipping them to Terracycle for cash. You can help fund our school's efforts by saving, sorting, and turning in any of the items in the following list. Materials for Terracycle can be left in the appropriately marked bins across the hall from the bookkeeping window and under preschool sign-in table.





Drink Pouch Brigade  - any brand foil juice pouch, including the straw! Please drink all your juice or squeeze them out. Put these in the separate bins for juice pouches to keep the wet sticky stuff out of the dry stuff.

Chip/Snack Bag Brigade – any size, any brand, any condition empty chip, pretzel, or snack bag, including 100 calorie wrappers. This includes the larger plastic bag that held smaller snack sized bags of chips, bags of cracker jack, and any other chip, pretzel, or cracker bags.

Energy Bar Wrapper Brigadeany brand, any condition foil bar wrapper. Even Rice Krispie Treat and Pop Tart wrappers.

Candy Wrapper Brigade any size, any brand, any condition candy wrappers and candy bags. This includes: Lindt truffle wrappers (but NOT the foil wrappers), chocolate chip bags, Starburst wrappers (even the individual waxy type wrappers), tootsie roll, tootsie pop, dum dum, and any lollipop wrappers. NOT ACCEPTED: any tin foil type of wrappers, including Hershey kisses, any fruit snack or fruit roll-up type wrappers, including Welch’s fruit snacks, marshmallow bags.

New Accepted Items! - Dairy Tub Brigade - wash, dry and turn in any size, any brand dairy product container and lid. This includes grated/shredded cheese, yogurt, margarine/butter spreads, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese spreads, etc.

Cheese Packaging Brigadeany size, any brand cheese bag or wrapper.

Malt-O-Meal® Cereal Bag Brigadeany size, any brand cereal bag from cereals that come only in a bag. NO cereal bags that come inside a cereal box.

NEW! - Hot Cereal Brigadeany brand hot cereal pouch.

Tortilla and Tostada Bag Brigade – any size, any brand tortilla or tostada bag.

Bear Naked Brigade - any Bear Naked brand packaging.

NEW! - Athenos Packaging Brigadeonly Athenos brand packaging, clean and dry, please!

NEW! - Wine Pouch Brigade – any brand wine pouch, you can recycle corks with us, too! (Corks don’t earn cash but make great craft supplies.)

NEW! - Sprout Baby Food Pouch Brigade – only Sprout brand at this time.

GoGo squeeZ Brigade – GoGo squeeZ snack pouches and any brand healthy snack pouch plastic packaging, sealed with the caps please!

Scotch Tape Brigadeany size, any brand plastic tape dispensers and cores.

Elmer's Glue Crew Brigade - RINSE and dry, then turn in only Elmer’s brand glue bottles and glue sticks.

Writing Instruments Brigadeany brand pens, regular pencils, mechanical pencils, markers, & highlighters, and even Crayola twistable crayons. Terracycle does not accept regular waxy crayons, but if you do not upcycle them at home, please turn them in for use at school.

Personal Care and Beauty Brigade - any brand, any type of personal care/beauty packaging. Examples include lotions, sun tan lotion, face wash, body wash, lipstick, mascara, makeup cases, shampoo and conditioner bottles and tubes, etc. Please clean them out as best you can and seal them to not leak! NO hair spray or sunscreen spray cans, no nail polish bottles, or nail polish remover bottles.

Colgate Oral Care Brigade – any brand of oral care products, including any kind of toothbrush, empty toothpaste tubes, empty denture cleaners / adhesive tubes (such as Fixodent) and the plastic packaging that toothbrushes come in. We will not accept: the cardboard packaging most toothpaste tubes are sold in (these are typically recyclable) and Crest White Strips foil packets.

Huggies® Brand Brigade - plastic outer packaging from any brand diapers, pull-ups, wipes, or other diaper/personal products.

NEW! - Cleaner Packaging Brigade – any brand cleaning products packaging including pump/trigger top/lids, wipes containers, wipes pouches, and other flexible packaging from cleaning products.

Various Electronics Brigades – cell phones, MP3 players, keyboard, mice, laptops, GPS units, and digital cameras can be recycled for $0.02 to $5.00, depending on the item. You can also teracycle plastic electronic packaging!


NO LONGER! NOT ACCEPTED! – Scott Paper Product Packaging, Cookie Packaging, Coffee Bag, and Kashi Packaging Brigades. (Many Kashi items are still accepted with other brigades, but not cardboard).

Any sorting you do with what you collect at home is a big help to our parent volunteers. For example, stuff all the chip/snack bags inside one chip bag, all the bar wrappers in a clean/dry repurposed Ziploc or shopping bag, all the candy wrappers in another bag, all the tortilla bags in one tortilla bag, and so on.

More information on brigades and accepted packaging is available at


Another recycling effort at Immanuel is to
Recycle Caps with Aveda

Currently caps are not acceptable recycling in most local recycle bins (visit the Garbage Garage at the Larimer County Landfill for more information). The Recycle Caps with Aveda program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol.  This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter. Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw on lids that are not rigid. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. See for more information.


Turn in clean accepted caps with your Terracycling in the burgundy collection bins. Please keep them separate from the Morning Fresh Dairy caps in the black collection cubbies. At lunch and sporting events, caps from drinks can also be deposited in the white juice pouch collection bin.

For more information about and to find out how you can help with easy fundraising projects at ILS, please email