Community Engagement

Community Engagement 

This year we will be recognizing schools who showcase their enthusiasm for helping the environment even more! In addition to collection prizes, community engagement prizes will be awarded in every province/territory to schools that creatively engage their communities in the 3Rs. 


  • Top Social Media post ($3,000)
  • Top Photo per province/territory ($1,000)
  • Top Video per province/territory ($1,000)
  • 3Rs Community Involvement  ($3,000)

Not interested or able to collect bags for recycling? Have a good community engagement story to tell? You can register to participate in the community engagement prize only! 

Get your school involved by showcasing their commitment to the 3Rs and win. The top community engagement submission is eligible to win $3,000! Additional community engagement prizes can be won in each province/territory. 

If your school will be participating in the community engagement challenge only, please register here

Need some inspriation? Here are some ideas:

  • Interview your municipality and get information about plastic bag waste in your community. 
  • Expand plastic bag reduction to the rest of the community by implementing initiatives that encourage your community to reduce bags. 
  • Create awareness by making a public installation or artwork using reused plastic bags.
  • Host an event and invite parents, local organizations, and government to celebrate your school’s involvement in waste reduction.
  • Create lesson plans and activities and share them on social media. 
  • Give out posters explaining how to recycle bags in your community.
  • Create a public service announcement video.

Make sure to catch everything on camera and share on social media using the hashtag #PlasticBagGrab by June 9. 

The 2016 Social Media Prize Winner

Highview Public School in Pembroke, ON

Plastic Bag Grab challenge highlights


Chiganois Elementary in Debert, Nova Scotia demonstrate the link between humans and the environement.

Chiganois Elementary in Debert, Nova Scotia demonstrate the link between humans and the environement.

Elmsdale District School in Ensdale, Nova Scotia knows the 3Rs will help save the world. 

Students at Grandview School in Grandview, Manitoba celebrate a job well done.

Teachers at Rankin School of Narrows in Iona, Nova Scotia incorporated the Plastic Bag Grab challenge into school curriculum. 

O'leary Elementary in O'leary, PEI took part in an exciting recycling challenge the week of April 18, 2016. 

Earth's BFFs from St. Andrews Catholic School in Edmonton, Alberta bring more than 2,000 plastic bags to their local Walmart for recycling.

Students at St. Mary's Catholic School in Beaverlodge, Alberta help make the sky blue with their recycling efforts.

Students at Yorkhill Elementary in Vaughn, Ontario discover what it's like to swim in plastic.  


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