School Turns Trash Into Cash

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A school in Flint, Mich., gathered tens of thousands of potato chip bags, juice boxes and other lunchtime trash, then sold it all to Terracycle, a company that turns the packaging into bags and placemats. The school made almost $500 dollars.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Ari Shapiro.

An empty juice box may only be worth a couple of cents, but for 20,000 of them, you can get a nice chunk of change and a messenger bag. A school in Flint, Michigan gathered tens of thousands of potato chip bags, juice boxes and other lunchtime trash. They made almost $500 selling the trash to a company called Terracycle, which turns the junk into backpacks made of Skittles wrappers and placemats made from Cheetos bags. It's MORNING EDITION.

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