Plastic Bag Grab challenge

Plastic Bag Grab challenge: May 29 - Friday June 2, 2017

Thank you to all schools that participated in the 2017 Plastic Bag Grab challenge! Program results and winners will be announced shortly (before last day of school). 

Last year, 419 schools across Canada participated in the challenge and collected more than 2 million plastic bags, which were recycled into small pellets and used to make a variety of new products.

The challenge is back with more prizes and updated educational resources for your classroom! This year the challenge will run from Earth Day to World Environment Day so please take note of the changed dates below.    

2017 Plastic Bag Grab challenge dates

Registration opens: April 22
Registration closes: May 26
Bag collection: Monday, May 29 – Friday, June 2
Bag drop off: Sunday, June 4 – Thursday, June 8
Winners announced: June (before end of school year)
Prizes delivered: September 2017

2017 Prizes

Collection prizes

National Grand Prize 

  • Top Collector ($5,000)
Provincial Prizes (one per province/territory)
Awarded to schools that collect the most bags for recycling per student. 
    • First Place ($1,000)
    • Second Place ($750)
    • Third Place (Bench made from 95% recycled materials). One bench made by Trex® is available in every province/territory. Trex® recycles plastic film into benches and other composite lumber products. All products are made from 95% recycled materials. Win one for your school yard! 

    Community Engagement

    We loved following student's efforts during the 2016 challenge on social media - we saw every post! This year we will be recognizing schools who showcase their enthusiasm for helping the environment even more! In addition to collection prizes, social media and community engagement prizes will be awarded in every province/territory. Need some ideas on your social media entry? Check out some of last year's awesome submissions! 

    • Top Social Media post ($3,000)
    • Top Photo per province/territory ($1,000)
    • Top Video per province/territory ($1,000)
    • 3Rs Community Involvement  ($3,000)

    How the Plastic Bag Grab challenge works

    • Students collect as many carry out plastic shopping bags as they can and bring them to school from Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2.  
    • Count all the bags your school has collected and take a fun picture for your final submission.  
    • Using your registration information, log-in and submit your results at, which includes a photo of your collected plastic bags
    • Bring your plastic bags to your local Walmart's customer service area for recycling 
    • All bags collected will be processed and used to make new products! 
    • Elementary schools from across Canada are challenged to collect as many plastic bags as they can for recycling from Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2. Schools that collect the most plastic bags for recycling per student and/or show their enthusiasm for the challenge and its message on social media, are eligible to win prizes to support environmental initiatives in their school or community. 

    2016 Results

    Thank you to all the schools for participating in the 2016 challenge! Is your school a winner? We want to hear about your new environmental projects/initiatives! Send us an email

    Check out last year's winners and some social media entries!