2018 Results

Thanks for taking part in the 2018 Plastic Bag Grab challenge! During Earth Week (April 16-20), over 600 schools took action on plastics waste by reducing their use, while collecting discarded plastic bags for recycling in their schools and beyond. This page reveals 2018 results, winners, social media highlights, news articles, and a couple special thank you messages to all participating schools. 

Plastic Bag Grab Results

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 Plastic Bag Grab challenge! 

Plastic Bag Grab Winners

Special thank-you and congratulations to all participating schools!

Canada's Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment & Climate Change heard about the Plastic Bag Grab challenge, and created this short video to thank all schools on your amazing efforts! 



CEO & President of Walmart Canada, Lee Tappenden

Community Engagement highlights

Birchmount School from Moncton, NB engaged their community in so many ways: a Ted Talk Event, meeting with the Mayor, and being interviewed on local radio stations. Listen here: Radio clip #1Radio clip #2

Bessborough School in Moncton NB got creative and repurposed their bags into various different things such as mats, skipping ropes, and fashion accessories. They also made it on local tv! 

Riverside School in Albert Ridge Nova Scotia took a plastics pledge to protect the earth and oceans. 

Riverside School

Whitbourne Elementary School did a logo design contest. The winning logo will be printed onto reusable bags and sold in participating local stores.

Whitbourne Elementary School

St. Teresa's School in St. John's Newfoundland created a display to raise awareness on protection of our oceans.

Plastic bag turtle display

Georges Vanier's Green Team, the Eco Sprouts gave some tips on the 3Rs

Holy Family School in Red Deer, Alberta loves the earth and reducing plastics waste!

Plastic Bag Heart

Elder's Mills Public School's Eco Pledge and Mannequin Challenge!

Plastic Bag Grab in the News

The Plastic Bag Grab challenge encourages schools to engage in their communities, and reaching out to local media outlets is a great way to do so! Did your school feature in a local news article, radio station, or on tv for Plastic Bag Grab? Let us know! Send your story to pbg@rco.on.ca and we'll post it below. For news from previous years, click here.

Pleasantdale students saluted for commitment to the environment (Estevan Mercury: June 22, 2018)

Seaview Elementary a winner in Canada-wide plastic bag challenge (Nanaimo News Bulletin: June 21, 2018)

West Highlands lead province in plastics recycling challenge (Cumberland News Now: June 21, 2018)

Kelowna elementary school wins nationwide prize for plastic waste initiative (Kelowna Now: June 19, 2018)

Iona students really thinking green (Cape Breton Post: May 16, 2018)

The Plasticity of Young Minds at Bessborough School, Moncton NB (BuzzLocal.Tv: April 2018)

Radio interview with Abby & Evan from Birchmount School, Moncton NB (91.9 The Bend: April 2018)

Radio interview with Evan & Ethan from Birchmount School, Moncton NB (K94.5: April 2018)

Springhill schools take on plastic bag challenge (Cumberland News Now: April 18, 2018)

Sauver la planète un sac à la fois (CBC Radio Canada: April 19, 2018)

Plastic Bag Grab Challenge in Action

And finally, thank you to all the schools and communities who have helped make a difference, one plastic bag at a time since 2016. Check out our slideshow highlighting just some of the amazing efforts from schools across the country.