Bring Some Bags and Get a Bag!

posted 3/21/2018

April is Earth Month! Metro Waste Authority is shining a light on the negative effect plastic bags have on our environment.

During the month of April, bring your used plastic grocery bags to your communitiy's city hall. When you bring in a bag full of bags, you’ll get a reusable grocery tote courtesy of Metro Waste Authority (one tote per household, while supplies last)! This is a great opportunity to keep those plastic bags from turning into litter that pollute our prairies, waterways and pantries!

Metro Waste Authority focuses on plastic bags because as much as nine percent of what goes into our landfill is plastic film like grocery bags and package wrapping. Imagine if you stopped putting used grocery bags in your trash. You would save space at your house and at the landfill’s house!

So where do those plastic bags go if not to the landfill? To Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls to be recycled into a beautiful, all-weather park bench that your city could win! Recycling programs such as Iowa Falls or through local grocers and other retail stores are the only way to recycle plastic bags; they cannot be placed in your Curb It! cart.

Throughout the month, Metro Waste Authority will weigh the bags collected from each member community. At the end of April, the city with the most weight per capita will win a bench to be placed in their hometown!

Participating cities include: Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Grimes, Hartford, Johnston, Mingo, Mitchellville, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Prairie City, Runnells, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.