MMSM is excited to announce that the University of Winnipeg is the newest partner in the Bag it Forward Program. Students and residents in the area can now drop-off their gently used plastic bags at one of six Bag it Forward bins on campus. The bags will then be delivered to Winnipeg Harvest who will reuse them to create emergency food kits for families in need.
Fourth-year student Rebecca Pedneault saw the need for the University to keep plastic bags out of landfills. After hearing about the Bag it Forward Program she knew it would be a good fit. Pedneault applied for the Geography and Environmental Studies/Sciences Student Association (GESA) Eco-Grant and was awarded with the grant to pursue her project.
Pedneault launched the program at the University on March 22, 2017 in the Richardson College for the Environment Atrium with other students and volunteers. Volunteers will be emptying the bins and transporting the plastic bags to Winnipeg Harvest. Any bags that are not suitable for the program will be sent to a recycling processor to be recycled.
To read more about the Bag it Forward Program, please view the backgrounder.