This fall, 166 schools across Manitoba participated in the MMSM Bag Up Manitoba program, keeping 1,194,583 plastic bags out of the landfills.

“Since 2008, over 9.4 million bags have been kept from the landfills due to this program," said Tom Ethans, Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc. Executive Director. "We encourage everyone to learn more about recycling and plastic bag reduction and discover how they can make the earth a better place.”

The students at Greenway School learned of their honor at a ceremony at the school this morning, receiving a plastic composite bench for their participation. The bags collected will be baled and shipped to Trex for recycling into composite decking material and other products. Participating schools will receive bird feeders created from recycled plastic and wood composite material. In addition, a total of 14 benches will be awarded between urban and rural schools via random draw.

“MMSM could not be more pleased with the outcome this year’s challenge,” said Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director for Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba. “This fantastic program educates students about the reduction, reuse and recycling of plastic bags and also diverts plastic bags from our landfills. Thank you to all of the staff and students for their tremendous effort.”

Take Pride Winnipeg! wishes to thank its title sponsor, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, as well as Gardewine Group, Waste Connections of Canada, Trex and Safeway/Sobeys, for their assistance in making this program run smoothly.