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Stephenville Primary helps environment through collection of 39,194 plastic bags

Grade 3 students of Stephenville Primary School help several employees of Hometown Furniture load 39,194 bags aboard their truck that were collected at the school that won't be going into landfill sites.
Grade 3 students of Stephenville Primary School help several employees of Hometown Furniture load 39,194 bags aboard their truck that were collected at the school that won't be going into landfill sites. - Frank Gale

Maria Parsons enjoyed collecting and bringing in plastic shopping bags during the third annual drive at her school — Stephenville Primary.

She collected a total of 1,300 bags, many of which her mom got from friends.

“Mom told some of her friends who were collecting the bags a while that it was time to get rid of them,” Parsons said. “It’s a lot better than seeing them end up in a landfill.”

The project, sponsored by the Recycling Council of Canada, collects the bags and they go towards making recycled products.

The school was helped out by Hometown Furniture in Stephenville who provided their truck to transfer the collected bags to Walmart in the town, who is arranging to have them shipped to their destination.

Jake Drew, another student who was helping out with the program, said it was really fun collecting the bags and he was certainly surprised by the mountain of bags that were collected — 39,194 of them in a week.

“I really think people should be using reusable bags instead,” he said.

Araya Duffy said her family doesn’t use the plastic bags much and felt the collection should be done more often.

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