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December 2006

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 bags.

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.


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