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Arthur Ashe Students Celebrate Earth Week By Recycling Plastic Bags

(New Orleans, LA) – April 23, 2013 — Having just learned about the need to recycle all sorts of products on Earth Day, students at Arthur Ashe Charter School got a visit April 23 from A Bag’s Life, an educational campaign to educate kids to bring back their plastic bags to a store that recycles.


During a lively kickoff event, fourth and fifth graders were encouraged to nudge their parents into doing a better job recycling their plastic bags and wraps.


“I know you’ve all seen the familiar plastic bag collection bins that sit out front of most large stores where your parents shop,” said Tina Metoyer, Constituent Services Representative for Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell.   “Next time, don’t just pass by that bin, recycle your plastic bags and you’ll be doing your part to help the environment and contribute to a positive energy conservation program. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”


Through thought-provoking messaging like “Don’t treat me like trash” and “Gimme a second chance,” A Bag’s Life adds an educational and social media element to enhance New Orleans’ effort to recycle more product packaging.  The website for A Bag’s Life also offers an easy-to-use recycle location finder that lists the nearest drop-off points for recycling plastic bags and wraps with a Google Maps option.  


A big part of the A Bag’s Life campaign is to make consumers aware that aside from plastic bags, other bags like those used for dry cleaning, newspapers, produce and bread, as well as wraps used on products like paper towels, diapers or bottled water, also can be dropped off at many retailers for recycling. 


NOLA retailers who recycle bags and wraps include Rouses Supermarkets, Breauxmart, Target, Lowes and Walmart.


“Recycling helps alleviate plastic bag litter and is something we can all do by returning or reusing our plastic bags,” said Dawn Johnson, Executive Director of the Louisiana Retailers Association. “It’s great to see a private-sector solution offered to a public problem.”


Arthur Ashe students were rewarded for the recycling efforts with a new Trex bench made from approximately 5,000 recycled plastic bags. "Recycling plastic bags makes sense in the first place, but when large retailers are giving consumers access to the service right there at their front door, it makes even more sense to recycle,” said Johnson.  “By taking the extra time to bring grocery bags back to the store to be recycled, people are giving that bag a second chance to be made into something else like outdoor decking, park benches like the one from Trex, or even new bags. It’s a simple earth-friendly practice that can yield tremendous results.”


Nationwide, plastic bag recycling is on the rise, with more than 1 billion pounds of plastic bags and films collected for recycling in the United States in 2011.