Sweet Aquarium Treat for Halloween Trash

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:00

Sweet Aquarium Treat for Halloween Trash
Kure Beach, NC- After the jack-o-lanterns go dark and the last bits of candy eaten, a massive amount of trash remains to remind us of Halloween fun and excess. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites local students to put a little green in their Halloween by collecting used candy wrappers for recycling.
Instead of trash filling landfills with extra waste, classes around New Hanover and Brunswick counties are encouraged to save their wrappers. The class delivering the most candy wrappers by weight to the Aquarium by Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, will be treated to a free Outreach program including a live animal presentation.
Aquarium staff will weigh the collected wrappers, sort according to recycling viability and send the wrappers to a recycling partner, TerraCycle. TerraCycle creates recycling systems for hard-to-recycle waste, turning trash to treasure in the form of new products like park benches, purses and backpacks. “This wrapper program is part of our ongoing focus on conservation and helps raise money for Aquarium conservation efforts,” said Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, Education Curator. “Students can collectively take action in a simple way, and begin to think of new ways their communities can make a positive impact on our environment.”
Wrappers will be accepted at the Aquarium from 9 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1-21. Aquarium staff will try to weigh wrappers at the time of drop-off. If, however, this is not possible, an email will be sent to the contact documenting the weight.
Please note, the Aquarium welcomes all wrapper contributions during the collection period. The winning outreach program, however, is limited to one program for 30 students in Brunswick , New Hanover or Pender counties. Those donating are asked to store their wrappers in one bag only (no multiple zip-lock bags or plastic bags inside the big one).
N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive south of Wilmington, near Kure Beach, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Normal operating hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). Admission: $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 ages 62+ and military, $6 ages 3-12, free for children 2 and younger, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

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