Contest rules and FAQs

What kind of plastic bags are accepted for the Plastic Bag Grab challenge?

Acceptable for the challenge: carry out plastic shopping bags.    

Non-acceptable for this challenge: food storage bags, clear produce bags, frozen food bags, milk bags, snack bags, sandwich bags, drycleaning bags, resealable bags, plastic film packaging, or anything that is not a carry out plastic shopping bag.

Where do I bring plastic bags?

We anticipate a lot of plastic bags! To help us manage drop-off, schools must choose a Walmart based on location when registering. Walmart stores will be ready to accept plastic bags from Sunday, June 4 – Thursday, June 8. 

The following time slots are available for drop-off. When registering your school, you will be required to select a drop-off date and time-slot. 

  • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please bring your plastic bags to customer service and an associate will be happy to help you. If you don’t have a Walmart near you, please contact us.

How do I bring the plastic bags?

Stuff as many plastic bags into a plastic bag and bring them to Walmart.

Our school is not interested or able to collect bags for recycling. Can we still participate?

Absolutely! We’ve introduced a new registration option for schools that only want to participate in the community engagement challenge. Share your school and community’s commitment to the 3Rs on social media using the hashtag #PlasticBagGrab and win! If your school will be participating in the community engagement challenge only, please register here

How are winners chosen?

Collection prizes

  • Schools register online by Friday, May 26, 2017. Schools select a local Walmart to drop off the plastic bags (contact us before registering if there isn't a Walmart within a reasonable distance).

  • Schools submit:

    • total number of students from junior kindergarten to grade 8,

    • total number of plastic bags collected,

    • a photo of the plastic bags collected. 

  • Schools that collect the most carry out plastic shopping bags for recycling per student wins. 

Community engagement prizes

For community engagement prizes, post photos or videos to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #PlasticBagGrab. A team of judges that are most impressed with a school’s effort on the 3Rs will determine winners. 

When will the prizes be distributed?

September 2017 at the start of the new school year.

How will schools receive the prize money?

We will send cheques to the winning schools September 2017.

What can schools do with the prize money?

In the spirit of recycling we encourage schools to use their prize for environmental initiatives, and are welcome to use their winnings as they see fit.

What will happen to the plastic bags collected as part of the challenge?

We are working with our service provider to ensure that every bag collected as part of the challenge is processed and recycled in North America.

What kinds of products will the collected material be used for?

The plastic bags collected will be processed into plastic pellets that can used in the production of a variety of plastic products, including garbage bags, planter pots, and plastic lumber.  

When can we collect the plastic bags? Can that be done before the collection week assigned?

Schools are free to promote the Plastic Bag Grab challenge, engage their community with 3Rs messaging, and collect materials as they see fit. While we do encourage schools to follow our suggested timeline from Monday, May 29 - Friday, June 2 for collection, it is up to them on how and when they manage and store the material. It is likely the same number of bags will be collected regardless of when they are actually brought into school.

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