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Participating Metro communities and their residents pulled out all the stops (or maybe we should say pulled out all the plastic bags) for the first ever Earth Month Plastic Bag Swap sponsored by Metro Waste Authority. Pleasant Hill, along with 19 other area cities collected 1,813 pounds of plastic bags during the month of April. That is an estimated 109,000 plastic bags – enough plastic to make nine park benches – that are not filling the landfill, causing problems at the recycling sorting facility, or becoming pollution on land and sea! Thanks to everyone who participated. Together we DID make a difference!
The Tiny, but Mighty WinnerCongratulations to the City of Alleman – the smallest of all participating communities – for collecting the most bags during the competition and winning the new park bench made from recycled plastic. Alleman collected 264 pounds of bags, followed by Grimes (187 pounds), Clive (178 pounds), Johnston (143 pounds) and Prairie City (141 pounds). The City of Pleasant Hill collected 16.4 pounds, which is equal to 1,000 plastic bags!
What Can I Do with My Bags Now?Here are some ideas on what to do with your bags now the Earth Month Plastic Bag Swap has ended:
The Earth Month Plastic Bag Swap may be over, but residents can continue to combat plastic bag use throughout the entire year. Plastic bags are among the most visible sign of pollution there is across the world. They kill hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and marine life each year and they don’t biodegrade, meaning it will take hundreds of years for them to decompose in a landfill.