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Trash can be turned into cash for elementary schools

McDuffie County residents can ease the financial burdens of local elementary schools by donating their trash.

Last year, Maxwell and Thomson elementary schools each earned approximately $4,000 through recycled trash. Each school has volunteer parents who head up the "Trash to Cash" program and spends time each week at the school sorting trash. Norris Elementary School has no parent volunteer, but was able to earn approximately $100 last year through the same program.

Parent volunteer Judy Giles recently circulated via email a list of trash items that can be turned into cash at the schools.

"Please help us by giving these items to a child who goes to (an elementary school), or be a place that collects these items and we will be happy to come pick them up," Mrs. Giles said in the email.

For more information, call Thomson Elementary at 706-986-4700, Maxwell Elementary at 706-986-4800 or Norris Elementary at 706-986-4400.

Items that can be turned into cash include:

Box Tops for Education -- these small coupons are worth 10 cents each to a school, and can be found on General Mills cereals, Hefty disposable tableware and trash bags, Betty Crocker dessert mixes, Huggies diaper products, Totino frozen pizzas, Hamburger Helper and Old El Paso dinner kits, Progresso soups, Scott, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Viva tissues and paper products, Pillsbury refrigerated doughs, Yoplait yogurts, Fruit roll-up snacks and Nature Valley granola snacks, Ziploc products.

Campbells UPC symbols or labels, V8 lids.

Pepperridge Farms UPCs.

Capri Sun drink pouches are worth two cents each.

Used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste containers and toothpaste boxes.

Mars candy wrappers such as Snickers, M&Ms, Twix and Skittles.

Frito-Lay chip bags.

Old cell phones.

Malt-O-Meal cereal bags.

Coke caps or codes from boxes.

Lunchables plastic lids.

Dentyne and Trident gum packaging.

Neosporin tubes.

Glue sticks or bottles.

Ziploc storage bags.

Web posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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