Here’s a clever and fun solution to plastic pollution. To help raise awareness about the negative impacts of “disposable” plastic bags, hundreds of Wilmington area youth and adults are banning together this month to build the World’s Largest Plastic Bag Ball. More than 12 Wilmington area schools, church groups and other ad hoc teams are already collecting hundreds of single-use plastic shopping bags in order to set a Guinness World Record.
In honor of Earth Day, teams are invited to participate by collecting clean, used plastic bags and convene on the Wilmington Riverfront at Noon on Saturday, April 23rd to attempt to roll the world’s largest ever bag ball made only of “single-use” plastic bags, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
This event is sponsored by BringYourOwnBag Delaware. By participating in the event, students and all participants will increase awareness about environmental stewardship and sustainability, recycling, reducing the use of “single-use” plastics, and become models for others. “Single-use” plastic bags are the thin plastic bags with built-in handles that are typically distributed at grocery, convenience and drug stores.
There is still time to register. Gather your school friends and register here.
Although the average American uses more than 500 plastic bags a year, less than 10% of these “single-use” plastic bags are reused or properly recycled. These “disposable” bags are more often than not disposed of improperly or escape into our communities and watersheds, clogging our city’s storm drains, killing marine life, and breaking down into small particles and becoming part of our food chain.
The bag ball creation will take place at Justison Landing Park at the Wilmington Riverfront, 400 Justison St., and teams must register in advance to participate.
Collected bags should be pre-counted with 49 single-use, self-handle bags placed inside one bag, thereby creating bundles of 50 bags. This will make it easier to know how many bags are being used in the ball and eliminate fugitive escapees down on the riverfront.
Prizes will be awarded.
• The collection team that brings the largest number of clean, dry, used plastic bags will win a Trex bench made out of recycled plastic composite donated by Trex!
• For the creative types, awards will be given recognizing the recycling bins with best artwork/signage/messaging (must be the standard bins being distributed by this event committee and be brought for judging to the Riverfront on April 23rd no later than 1 p.m.).
• The first 500 team members to check-in on April 23rd will receive a reusable shopping tote.
• Honorary awards will be sent to every participating team.
BringYourOwnBag Delaware and the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter hope to encourage proper recycling, and reduction in use of single-use plastics. We hope this will be a positive lesson for kids and adults of all ages which can easily be integrated across a variety of curriculums.