Local elementary students are invited to submit a haiku promoting the use of reusable shopping bags.

The BYOBag Tucson Haiku Poetry contest is open to students in the city of Tucson in public, private, charter and home schools.

BYOBag Tucson is an effort to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, decrease the use of disposable plastic bags and increase the recycling of plastic bags at local retail stores.

Contest entries must be submitted on an official entry form by Oct. 21. For more information or to obtain an entry form, go to www.BYOBagtucson.com

The first 500 students entering the BYOBag Tucson Haiku Contest will receive a “Haikupon” redeemable for a free re-usable grocery bag courtesy of Tucson’s Walmart Stores and a five dollar gift card to redeem at Walmart.

Contest winners will receive gift certificates from several grocery chains including Fry’s, Safeway, Albertson’s, Basha’s, Food City, Sprouts and Whole Foods.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea