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Imagine West Elementary Wins "Bench the Bag" Recycling Contest

Post Date:04/16/2014 10:41 AM
Gilbert, Ariz. (April 16, 2014) - Gilbert-area schools teamed with the East Valley Recycling Alliance, including the Town of Gilbert, TREX and Bashas’ grocery stores, to “Bench the Bag” – a contest to collect soft plastic bags which can cause havoc to recycling machinery when placed in blue recycling containers.

Between February 1st and March 28th, 19 Gilbert-area schools collected 827,362 grocery bags and other soft film plastics totaling over six tons in weight. No longer destined for the landfill, the plastics have become a sought-after commodity that can be used to create new products including clothing and faux wood.

Imagine West of Gilbert was the winning school, collecting 1,761 pounds or 3.24 pounds for every student enrolled. In recognition of Imagine West’s significant achievement, the school will receive a TREX bench made of recycled plastics. Ben Franklin Elementary, Power Ranch Elementary and Augusta Ranch Elementary also received an honorable mention for the high volume collected. The schools, and a number of children, will be rewarded with recognitions and prizes donated by Bashas’, TREX and the Town’s recycling outreach group.

Collectively, more than 70 schools in six municipalities collected approximately 15 tons of soft plastics – aiding the long term sustainability of community landfills.

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