Creating a world without waste with Country Meadow

We’ve teamed up with Country Meadow Elementary in Ashley, Indiana, to develop a first-of-its-kind recycling program—educating students about recycling while diverting plastic waste from landfills and the environment.

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Program benefits

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Students and teachers get the unique opportunity to learn about the benefits of advanced recycling and participate first-hand in a burgeoning industry.
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Environmental stewardship

Students learn the benefits of being an environmental steward while participating in an impactful program, creating a world without waste.
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Plastic waste is sent to our circularity center in Ashley, Indiana, to be recycled—diverting it from landfills.
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Our recycling program is simple and fun for students—encouraging them to become excited about recycling and prioritize it within their daily actions.
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Through education and action, we aim to instill environmental optimism that drives the next generation of environmental changemakers.

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How the program works

Assign an ambassador

Brightmark branded recycling bins are provided to Country Meadow’s classrooms. Students from each grade are assigned as a “Recycling Ambassador” with the special task of ensuring recycling rules are followed, bins are properly maintained, and tallying the pounds of plastic waste being recycled.

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Bring it to Brightmark

The Recycling Ambassador(s) will empty the plastic waste into a collection bin for pickup. It will then be sent to Brightmark for proper recycling at the Ashley Circularity Center.

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Celebrate circularity

Brightmark will transform the plastic waste collected from Country Meadow Elementary into new, circular products—promoting circularity and diverting waste from landfills and the environment.

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Great happens here

“I am thrilled to collaborate with Brightmark on our plastics recycling program. This program is educating our students on sustainability and innovation, and empowering our community to make a tangible difference in the world. Together, we are not only addressing environmental challenges but also fostering a culture of responsible stewardship for future generations.”

– Dr. Jane Bitting
Country Meadow Elementary Principal

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Little by little, a little becomes a lot

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of plastic waste YTD

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Two kids holding up a graph that tracks how much plastic waste their school has recycled.

Creating a brighter tomorrow today

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Country Meadow Elementary and the Ashley community, we’re creating a world without waste in real time. The future of recycling looks bright!

Kids explain the benefits of advanced recycling

We get it; plastic can be confusing. That’s why we welcome Jude, a seven-year-old boy from Ashley, Indiana, wanting to see (and create) a better future. Watch our film to get a better understanding of how our Plastics Renewal® process works—from Jude’s perspective.

Watch the film

Explore our free educational resources

Recycling Coloring Pages
Waste Tracker
Coastal Cleanup Guide

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