To see our 2012 Box that Rocks contestants, click here!
TerraCycle challenged their Brigade participants to start off their Brigade® collections right this fall by creating their most innovative, creative waste collection station with upcycled waste materials. We are were blown away by the creativity. After over 11,000 votes TerraCycle is pleased to announce the winners to the first ever Box that Rocks Design Contest.
Congratulations to our winners!
Please click each organization name for photographs and descriptions of their waste collection stations.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Easton Elementary School, Winston-Salem NC (click to expand/collapse)
Winner of 100,000 TerraCycle Points
A few of our parents used a refrigerator box to make a taco shell.Our Students Used: Green 2-liter bottles (cut-up) for lettuce, cracker and taco boxes covered with used homework papers for onions, used tortilla and tostada bags for filling, used brown paper grocery bags for filling ,rolled newspaper covered with red plastic from a home improvement store’s display flags for tomatoes, rolled newspaper covered with orange plastic from newspaper delivery bags and rolled newspaper covered with yellow plastic tablecloth for the cheese,lettering on the front of the box was from practice writing tablets, information sheets were printed on used homework paper.We all had a good time in making the box. Students are are starting to bring in bags now that the taco is complete. We have a wonderful principal and a hard working staff that support our efforts.
FIRST RUNNER-UP: Madison Avenue Elementary School , Madison, MS (click to expand/collapse)
Winner of 50,000 TerraCycle Points
Madison Avenue Elementary School (Kindergarten-2nd grade) in Madison, MS is proud to introduce Rex and Rita the Recycling Dinosaurs for TerraCycle’s “The Box that Rocks” Contest. Our TerraCycle brigades were brought on board last school year to help teach our little ones about recycling and landfills. We have 2 Brigades. Rex is our collection station for our Drink Pouch Brigade which is indicated by the drink pouch “shorts” he is wearing; and Rita, is our Chip Bag Brigade with the chip bag “hula skirt.“ We designed the dinos this way to help our children identify with each brigade in order to keep them separated. The children are fascinated with both our dinosaurswhich are made from used garbage cans. Other up cycled materials include the following: water noodles used at the pool this summer for spikes, cardboard from used shipping boxes for hands and feet, egg carton for Rex’s eye sockets , used tissue paper from birthday gifts plus used newspaper for Rex and Rita’s paper mached heads, used chip bags for Rita’s hula skirt, used drink pouches for Rex’s shorts, safety strap from an old high chair for Rex’s belt, wheels used from old office chairs to move our stations around with ease.
SECOND RUNNER UP: Broward College, Pembroke Pines FL (click to expand/collapse)
Winner of 10,000 TerraCycle Points
When challenged to create the most out of the box collection container, our students explored various waste materials that could be used to create the ultimate collection container. Our team put out a collection campaign for VHS tapes and they came pouring in. Everything used to create the bin utilized “upcycled” materials. The base is an old bread tray with wheels that was discarded at a local grocery store. The sheet of plywood on the bottom was found inside a dumpster on campus. All 500+ VHS tapes were rescued from being discarded due to new technology. The plastic board found midway in the container was a street advertisement confiscated by code enforcement and was found in the trash. The container inside is a kitty litter bucket found at the curb. The sign on the front of the bin was printed on the back of an old poster. The TerraCycle logo was made from green bottle caps and the letters were made from spread tub lids. All materials on the bin have been collected from our brigade volunteers. Our VHS collection container will be located inside the lobby of our LEED certified Broward County library on campus. It will catch the eyes of our students, faculty and members of the community. We hope to begin building more VHS tape containers as they continue to pour in.
Congratulations to the remaining finalists!
Each of the below Box that Rocks finalists will receive a TerraCycle Prize Pack!
FINALIST: North Berwick Elementary School, North Berwick ME
FINALIST: Lockmar Elementary, Palm Bay FL
FINALIST: Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls OH
FINALIST: West Maple Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills MI
FINALIST: Bob and Bobby Warner Elementary School , Cypress TX
FINALIST: Life Christian Academy High School , Oklahoma City OK
FINALIST: Saint Gregory the Great Episcopal Church ,Athens GA
What Are The Prizes?
The Grand Prize winner will receive an additional 100,000 points on their TerraCycle account, be featured on the TerraCycle website and Facebook page. The first runner-up will receive 50,000 bonus points and the second runner-up will receive 10,000 bonus points.
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