Program to Recycle Plastic Bags into Birdhouses Launches

By Sarah Klein

A new program to recycle plastic bags into birdhouses was launched on Monday.

Bag Up Manitoba is an initiative of Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba and Take Pride Winnipeg, and runs throughout the month of October.

Elementary schools are encouraged to collect plastic bags for recycling into birdhouses for their schools. The program, which has been running in Winnipeg-area schools since 2008, was expanded in 2010 to include elementary schools in Southern Manitoba and further expanded in 2011.

The goal this year is to collect 600,000 bags and involve 150 schools. Results of bag donations will be tracked on Take Pride Winnipeg’s website.