All the elementary students of Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Gilbert have an opportunity to show their concern for the planet. East Valley Recycling Alliance is organizing a recycling competition for these students where they will get to recycle plastic bags. This project is called 'Bench the Bag' and will require students to register for it before participating.

Coming Together for a Good Cause at the Recycling Competition

In this competition, students will need to collect plastic wraps and bags for recycling. The collected bags will be given out as a donation to Trex, which manufactures railing, decking as well as outdoor furniture and is headquartered in Winchester. This collection drive is to begin on different dates in different municipalities and will end on March 31. The announcement of the winners will be made in April which is also the Earth Month.

East Valley Recycling Alliance includes recycling professionals from municipalities of Southeast Valley. This group came together with the view of reducing the amount of waste generated by the community.

Joslyn Matry, who is the recycling administrator of Gilbert Environmental Services, mentioned that the aim of this competition is to create and increase awareness among students that even plastic bags can be recycled. He further explained that though plastic can be recycled, this cannot simply be done by placing it in the usual recycling containers. So with this competition, people will not just get to know that plastic can be recycled but will also understand that to recycle it, it needs to be disposed of in the right place and manner.

People are not allowed to dump plastic bags in the usual recycling bins as these bags get stuck in the recycling machines and also because the options of recycling plastic bags are limited. Teaching these basic to students with such competitions will help to a great extent as young children are the future of the country. If they are given the right knowledge about recycling plastic bags at the right time, it will help the planet in a long run.

Don't Just Recycle Plastic Bags but Join a Recycling Competition

This means that just teaching children to use wholesale reusable bags won't help in the long run until we do not teach them the right manner of disposing of these bags as well as plastic bags. Once they know how they can help in recycling plastic bags, the community is likely to benefit much more as plastic waste issues will come down.