Trex Co. To Kick Off Annual Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

It’s time for schools nationwide to get excited about going green! On Nov. 15, in honor of America Recycles Day, Trex Co. will kick off its annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. The challenge encourages K-12 students to compete against one another to see who can collect and recycle the most polyethylene plastic. The winning schools receive Trex products and the gratification that comes with going green.
 
“Last year, a total of 252,813 pounds of polyethylene plastic material were salvaged through the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge,” says Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. “We encourage more schools to activate this turnkey program to promote healthy competition that educates and excites students about recycling – and help us to beat the record of the most pounds of plastic ever recycled.”

Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags each year to make composite products that offer an 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 Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, Trex and thousands of students across the country have prevented millions of plastic bags from ending up in landfills.
 
“The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge teaches students to think beyond cans and paper products, raising awareness about polyethylene items that can be recycled,” says Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. “As a company built on green principles and values, Trex is proud of this program and the schools and students that have participated over the past 10 years. Together, we are protecting and preserving our environment and having some fun in the process.”
 
With the ability to implement in schools of any level and size, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge comes complete with detailed instructions, promotional materials, recycling bins and a list of qualifying recyclable materials, which include everyday items such as:

  • Grocery and retail bags
  • Bread bags
  • Case overwraps
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Ziploc and other reclose-able bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Salt bags
  • Cereal bags

Participants weigh and report collection totals to Trex each month throughout the program before delivering the recycled plastic to designated Trex drop-off points in their communities.
 
National winners and regional finalists will be announced in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, 2018. All participating schools will receive an award made from Trex deck boards. The national winners will receive a Trex composite bench and regional finalists will receive Trex bird feeders to help beautify their school playgrounds or campuses.
 
To enroll your school in the 2017-18 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, complete the online form by Oct. 15, 2017. For more information, visit the Trex Recycling site.

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