Wal-Mart expands plastic bag recycling
program for kids
Wal-Mart has expanded its recycling plastic bag
challenge to elementary-age students in the western United States
and its own home state.
The Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge, a private/public
partnership between Wal-Mart and elementary schools, will help students
earn money for their schools by recycling plastic shopping and grocery
The Kids Recycling Challenge debuted in February
2005 in Sacramento, Palm Springs, and Salt Lake City, and expanded
across the entire state of California earlier this year. Due to
its success, Wal-Mart has extended the program to 12 states: Arizona,
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oregon, the entire state of Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and plans
to further expand it across the country in the Fall of 2007.
More than 1,000 schools have enrolled in the program
and have recycled over 350 tons of plastic bags, earning more than
$327,000 to date from Wal-Mart.