In the Tri-Cities, four Kingsport City Schools are participating. They are Johnson Elementary, Robinson Middle School, Adams Elementary and Jefferson Elementary.
“In addition to promoting fun, healthy competition, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge provides students with a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling,” said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. “Last year, more than 430 schools from across the country participated and, together, collected more than 167,000 pounds of plastic film. Instead of going into landfills, that plastic waste was converted into beautiful Trex decking.”
One of the largest recyclers of plastic in the U.S., Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags to make its eco-friendly, wood-alternative outdoor living products each year. A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags. In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, Trex reuses polyethylene plastic from a variety of common household items – such as case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags – to create composite products that offer a superior alternative to wood and an environmentally responsible choice to consumers.
“Trex was literally built on the use of sustainable materials, and our commitment to preserving and protecting the environment continues to influence everything we do as a company,” said Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. “The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge helps students to incorporate recycling into their daily lives, and helps us to continue to produce high-performance, sustainable outdoor living products.”
The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge pits schools across the country against one another in a fun and spirited race to collect and recycle the most plastic film per capita between Nov. 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016. Easy-to-implement for schools of any type, the turnkey program comes complete with detailed instructions, promotional materials, recycling bins and a list of qualifying recyclable materials, which include:
· Grocery and retail bags
· Bread bags
· Case overwraps
· Dry cleaning bags
· Newspaper sleeves
· Ice bags
· Wood pellet 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. The recycled material is then shipped to Trex for processing.
Regional finalists and a national winner will be announced in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, 2016. All participating schools receive an award made from Trex decking boards. Regional and national winners each will earn a Trex composite bench to help beautify their school’s playground or campus.
To enroll your school in the 2015-16 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, complete the online form at http://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/ by Oct. 15, 2015. For more information, visit the Trex website.