Dumpster Divers raffle off greenhouse made of plastic bottles

the Dumpster Divers with their greenhouse

The Dumpster Divers are seen with the greenhouse they made out of plastic bottles.

The Dumpster Divers, a team of six Broadalbin Perth High School students, created a greenhouse out of more than 2,000 plastic drink bottles and raffled it off at the Homecoming football game earlier this month.

High school teacher Christine Kotraba won the greenhouse and donated it to the BPHS Life Skills class to use.

The Dumpster Divers’ presence at the game was part of their participation in the 10th annual Lexus Eco Challenge, a national contest that encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.

The Dumpster Divers — which includes Christina Lin, Andie VanWormer, Madison Fagant, Kyler Mangulis, Jessie Brooks and Julie Capito — are aiming to educate Broadalbin-Perth and the surrounding communities about making their sporting events more environmentally friendly. This fall, they attended various sporting events and recorded how much of what is thrown away is recyclable to use the data to educate the public about waste habits. The Dumpster Divers placed recycling bins at the sporting events for the public’s use. The team planned to return bottles and cans with deposits and donate the proceeds to human rights and environmental protection programs.


Lexus and Scholastic will choose 16 winning teams nationwide in the Lexus Eco Challenge. Each team will receive a total of $10,000 in grants and scholarships. All winning teams from this challenge and one other challenge will be invited to participate in the final challenge for a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $30,000 in grants and scholarships. Eight first-place prizes of $15,000 in grants and scholarships also will be awarded.