3,100 pounds of plastic bags collected by Metro Waste Authority

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DES MOINES – Metro Waste Authority was bombarded with plastic bags during Earth Month in April—more than 3,168 pounds of them, to be exact.

During the Plastic Bag Swap campaign, residents in metro communities were encouraged to swap plastic grocery bags for a reusable tote.

The city who collected the most bags per capita will be recognized with a new park bench made from recycled plastic bags. For the second straight year, the City of Alleman claimed victory with almost one pound collected per 443 residents. 

Metro Waste Authority decided to award a second bench for the city who collected the most pounds of bags overall.

The City of Urbandale got a big boost when Olmsted Elementary collected 273 pounds in one week, but it wasn’t enough to push past the City of Grimes.

“Grimes was deemed the winner after the final tallies were calculated for collecting the most overall weight during the challenge in April,” Metro Waste Authority Public Affairs Manager Leslie Irlbeck said. “They brought in a rousing 499.5 pounds.”

Total weights collected by city:

Alleman: 320.10 pounds

Altoona: 18 pounds

Ankeny: 16.93 pounds

Bondurant: 379.50 pounds

Carlisle: 149.05 pounds

Clive: 231.97 pounds

Des Moines: 116.13 pounds

Elkhart: 3.5 pounds

Grimes: 499.50 pounds

Hartford: 1 pound

Johnston: 168.04 pounds

Mingo: 16.68 pounds

Mitchellville: 31 pounds

Norwalk: 118.39 pounds 

Pleasant Hill: 30.18 pounds

Polk City: 199.89 pounds

Prairie City: 244.05 pounds

Runnells: 116 pounds

Urbandale: 380.05 pounds

West Des Moines: 75.46 pounds

Windsor Heights: 52.90 pounds

Plastic bags can be recycled year-round but not in a resident’s Curb It! recycling cart. The bags must be put in collection boxes at local grocery and other retail stores—they cannot be placed at the curb.

For more information about successful curbside recycled, visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com.

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