Which City Swapped the Most Plastic Bags?

posted 5/3/2019

Which City Swapped the Most Plastic Bags?

They say children are the future, and the 2019 Plastic Bag Swap certainly proved that. We were pleasantly inundated with 6,576 pounds of plastic bags during our annual campaign for Earth Month in April.

Originally started as a fun way to educate residents that plastic bags don’t go in the recycling cart, cities have taken the concept to another level! The City of Urbandale, for example, won for overall weight with a unique concept.

In the 2018 Plastic Bag Swap, Urbandale came in second to Grimes for overall weight collected, and apparently, they didn’t like that. In 2019, they turned up the heat, challenging eight elementary schools in the Urbandale School District with a collection competition of their own.

The challenge worked, because those environmentally conscious students collected over 2,000 pounds in one week! The school’s participation put Urbandale in a strong lead with a final total of 2,258 pounds of plastic bags.

For most bags collected per capita, Alleman can celebrate its third consecutive win. They plan to place their new outdoor bench at the elementary school bus stop.

Since the campaign started three years ago, 11,557 pounds of plastic bags have been kept out of the landfill. Plastic bags cause a lot of litter and pollution, as well as issues with recycling processing, so that’s a good thing!

What would be even better is skipping the plastic bag all together and asking for paper or bringing your own on your next trip to the store. If you do get a plastic bag, reuse it as a small trash bag at home or take it back to your grocer for recycling. Plastic bags should never be placed in your Curb It! recycling cart.

ping the plastic bag all together and asking for paper or bringing your own on your next trip to the store. If you do get a plastic bag, reuse it as a small trash bag at home or take it back to your grocer for recycling. Plastic bags should never be placed in your Curb It! recycling cart.

All City Results:

Alleman: 324.50 pounds                     Grimes: 851.31 pounds           Polk City: 271.28 pounds

Altoona: 15 pounds                             Hartford: 108.75 pounds         Prairie City: 334.50 pounds

Ankeny: 36 pounds                              Johnston: 205.50 pounds        Runnells: 109 pounds

Bondurant: 425 pounds                      Mingo: 22.18 pounds              Urbandale: 2,258.64 pounds

Carlisle: 150.67 pounds                       Mitchellville: 67 pounds          Windsor Heights: 160.81 pounds

Clive: 654.86 pounds                           Norwalk: 65.17 pounds          

Des Moines: 498.76 pounds                Pleasant Hill: 17.50 pounds