Bench the Bag recycling runs through March 14

The town of Queen Creek has partnered  with local elementary Schools for the “Bench the Bag” recycling program.

Students at participating schools will be collecting plastic bags to help divert plastic bags from landfills.

Queen Creek residents can help local students and the environment by taking their plastic grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaner bags, department store bags and shrink wrap. Bags must be empty and clean, with no liquid or food residue.

Plastic bags can be taken to the following school locations Monday-Friday through March 4.
•Desert Mountain Elementary
•Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary
•Gateway Polytechnic Academy
•Jack Barnes Elementary
•Queen Creek Elementary

The local elementary school that collects the most plastic bags will receive a bench made from recycled plastic bags. All participating schools will receive planters that are also made from plastic bags. Both items are being donated by Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative furniture and decking. The winning school will be determined by the total weight of the plastic bags that are collected; the winner will be announced in April.

For more information about the town’s recycling program, visit

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