Wal-Mart Recycles an Innovative Partnership With Elementary Schools

Editor's Note: The Walmart Foundation no longer operates the Kids' Recycling Challenge Program

Bentonville, Ark., September 13, 2005 – Wal-Mart today announced the launch of the second Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge, a partnership with K-6 elementary schools in California and Utah that helps students become responsible stewards of their environment and earn money for their schools at the same time.

Participating schools will receive a collection bin and a supply of 60-gallon collection bags. For each collection bag the school fills with plastic bags, and brings to a participating Wal-Mart store for recycling by December 19, 2005, Wal-Mart will donate $5.00 cash to the school.

The three schools in each region to recycle the most plastic bags will receive additional cash grants from Wal-Mart in the amounts of $1,500 for the first-place school, $1,000 for the second-place school, and $500 for the third-place school. As an extra incentive, the first-place school will also be rewarded with an entertaining school-wide assembly focusing on the environment, courtesy of Wal-Mart.

"The Kids Recycling Challenge is a program everyone can participate in because everyone has plastic bags,” said Linda Hansen of Carl Sandburg Elementary in West Valley City, Utah. “So many times children can’t participate because of monetary restrictions – but that isn’t the case with this project.”

“The Kids Recycling Challenge was a great opportunity for us to teach our students the importance of recycling and how easy it can be,” said Chuck O’Brien, Principal of Bubbling Wells Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. “The staff and students did an excellent job of recycling, and we were amazed at how many bags were collected.”

“Wal-Mart is committed to serving as an active leader in the local communities that our stores serve,” said John Lawrence of the Wal-Mart/SAM’S Club Foundation. “In addition to teaching students about the importance of recycling and how easy it can be, the Kids Recycling Challenge yields immediate benefits to the environment and our schools.”

The Kids Recycling Challenge is currently open to elementary schools in select Northern California, Palm Springs and Salt Lake City counties. The program will expand to Southern California and other western states in January, 2006.

Schools interested in joining the Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge are invited to visit www.kidsrecyclingchallenge.com to enroll and to learn more. .

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