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C.C. Loughlin Elementary School in Corner Brook collected 111,807 plastic bags in May

Kaitlyn Coade, left, and Antonio Perez Diaz, both Grade 3 students at C.C. Loughlin Elementary School in Corner Brook, pose for a photo by a school bus jam-packed with plastic bags their school collected during the month of May.
Kaitlyn Coade, left, and Antonio Perez Diaz, both Grade 3 students at C.C. Loughlin Elementary School in Corner Brook, pose for a photo by a school bus jam-packed with plastic bags their school collected during the month of May.

C.C. Loughlin Elementary certainly had no trouble meeting its goal of collecting 50,000 plastic shopping bags during the month of May.

In fact, the school had no problem doubling that number.

When the last of the single-use plastic shopping bags were counted, the final tally stood at a whopping 111,807 bags.

The round-up was part of an initiative called the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge, sponsored by Wal-Mart. On Wednesday, the tens of thousands of bags were loaded up to be brought to Wal-Mart to be recycled.

The plan was to load up a school bus to transport the bags. There ere so many, though, a school bus wasn’t enough.

Some of the bags that couldn’t fit on the bus had to be stuffed into the back of a pickup truck and an SUV.

 

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