Candy wrapper collection to provide more than 400 meals to hungry Americans

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has collected more than 10,000 candy wrappers during its 2012–2013 season. Through an innovative recycling program, that translates into more than 400 free meals for hungry Americans.

Thanks to a TerraCycle program called the Candy Wrapper Brigade, which awards points for each wrapper collected, the Center for the Performing Arts is able to provide 415 meals through Feeding America. The charity, with a mission to provide nourishment to America’s hungry, uses a nationwide network of member food banks.

“The Center for the Performing Arts is excited about how much participation we have received this year, especially from churches and schools in the community and surrounding counties,” said Len Codispot, a member of the Center for the Performing Arts Green Team. “A big thanks goes out to St. Marys Area Middle School. Our Green Team was recently invited to their Day of Giving, where we received 22 pounds of candy wrappers.”

Last season the fine arts presenter collected more than 6,400 wrappers that were redeemed to provide clean drinking water for a year to 43 people in developing countries.

Candy wrapper drop-offs are still welcome. Patrons attending events at Eisenhower Auditorium, on the corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads at University Park, may place used candy wrappers in lobby collection boxes. Eligible waste — from auditorium concession sales or from home or office use—includes individual candy wrappers, large candy bags and multi-pack candy bags.

Candy wrappers and bags may also be dropped off at Eisenhower during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (146 S. Allen St., State College), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Penn State employees may send candy wrappers and bags via campus mail to Pam Aikey at Eisenhower or Shannon Bishop at the Downtown Theatre Center.

Each year millions of candy wrappers are needlessly thrown away. Most end up in landfills. TerraCycle partners with Mars, Wrigley and Cadbury to create a second life for candy packaging, but all brands of wrappers and candy bags are accepted for the recycling program.

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Last Updated April 29, 2013