Whittier Elementary students recycled enough plastic bags to win Wal-Mart's Kids Recycling Challenge for the state of Utah, earning $13,220 and an additional $3,000 for being the first-place winner.

Students in 12 states participated in the competition, collecting plastic bags and receiving $5 for their school for each filled 60-gallon bag. This year, 123 Utah schools participated, recycling more than 270,208 pounds of bags, earning more than $84,000. Whittier Elementary students turned in 2,644 bags totaling 42,304 pounds.