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Parent Advisory Council of Highlands Elementary School

Plastic Bag Grab Challenge - May 29th - June 2nd

29 May 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Plastic Bag Grab Challenge:  May 29th - June 2nd              

Did you know that more than 1 BILLION (yes, billion) plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?  To educate students and the community on plastic bag waste and the 3R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Highlands will be participating in the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge from Monday, May 29th - Friday, June 2nd.  Help out with this Grade 6 initiative by stuffing your plastic bags into one plastic bag and bring the whole thing to the school for collecting.  The Grade 6's will collect the bags next week, May 28th - June 2nd.

With your support, we can get plastic bags recycled instead of lost to disposal.  To ensure we align with the program rules, please remember the following when sending plastic bags to school:

Only plastic shopping bags are accepted in the challenge.

  • Although the following plastic items may be accepted by municipal recycling programs or retailers, they are not acceptable for this challenge:  food storage bags, clear produce bags, frozen food bags, milk bags, snack bags, sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, resealable bags, plastic film packaging - anything that is not a carry out plastic shopping bags.

Please remember to follow the 3R's hierarchy and teach your children:  first, reduce!  You never really need a plastic bag, bring one of those snazzy Lululemon bags (or some other retailer bag), or invest in a reusable grocery bag, and carry that in when you go shopping so you can use that instead of taking a plastic bag.  Second, reuse!  Plastic grocery bags are handy to have on trips, in the car, can be made into plarn (plastic yarn) for crafts, and are absolutely necessary when walking your dog.  A list of ways to reuse your plastic bags can be found here 18-ways-to-reuse-plastic-bags .  And, finally, when that bag is done, recycle!  Don't put it in the trash where it goes to a landfill, forever, or out to the Great Pacific Ocean garbage patch to be eaten by a fish (and then eventually by you...), put it in the recycling.  Recycling boxes are available at most grocery stores, or the District of North Vancouver will accept plastic bags at the North Shore Recycling Depot.  This is a great way for children to feel they are helping the environment as it's something they can do themselves, everyday.    

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