From the Trex Company - a formal announcement to be made on Earth Day, April 22nd:
Thank you from the Trex Company for sponsoring your school's participation in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. This year has been very successful and that is thanks to folks like you. 700 schools participated nationwide, nearly 100 more schools that last year! All students should be very proud of the plastic bags/film recycled, regardless of the amount. Every bag recycled in one less in our landfills!
Congratulations to Burleigh Elementary in Brookfield, WI . They will be awarded a Trex bench for the Great Plains Elementary 601-800 category. They collected 2554 lbs!!!
Thank you to all the families and staff that have added to our collection bins this year. A very special thanks to our Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Rousky for overseeing collection, calculating the weight, dropping off at collection locations and recording the weight weekly.
Parents - we will still continue to collect for next years program. Great JOB by all!
What happens to that collected plastic? It will be sorted, shredded, and cleared of impurities like paper. The shreds are then melted and formed into pellets that can be made into other products. TREX recycles these pellets into outdoor decking material, fencing, doors, and windows.
Here is a list of what can be recycled:
- Grocery bags
- Bread bags
- Case overwrap
- Dry cleaning bags
- Newspaper sleeves
- Ice bags
- Wood pellet bags
- Ziploc and other closable bags
- Produce bags
- Bubble wrap
- Salt bags
- Cereal bags
All plastic must be clean, dry, and mostly free of food residue.
To learn more about this company and their product, please CLICK HERE.
One of the largest recyclers of plastic in North America, Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags each year to make beautiful composite products that offer a superior alternative to wood and an environmentally-responsible choice for consumers. In fact, a standard 16-foot Trex deck board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags. By motivating schools to participate in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, thousands of students across the country have prevented millions of plastic bags from ending up in landfills.