Trex Plastic Film Recycling Project

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:19am

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to save the planet, help our school, and get rid of some of the clutter in your house all at the same time?  Great news!  Our school is enrolled in a program that will help you accomplish all three of these goals!

    Did you know that we aren’t supposed to put plastic bags in our blue recycling bins?  Plastic bags and other items referred to as plastic film (thin, flexible sheets of plastic) have to be recycled separately, and this is not done at our local recycling facility.  Putting plastic bags/film in single-stream recycling bins with paper, glass, and aluminum actually causes problems for recycling facilities.  The plastic film comes apart during transport and sorting, and the small scraps of plastic film contaminate the other recyclable materials.  This means that the facility isn’t able to recycle everything we send to them, and those materials will end up in a landfill instead.  Additionally, plastic bags and other films clog up the machines used to sort recyclables at the facility.  This creates a lot of extra work for the people who then have to spend hours removing the clogs.  The good news is that plastic film can be recycled, and our school is enrolled in a contest that involves collecting these plastic film items and getting them to the proper facility to make use of these items and keep them out of landfills.

    Trex is a company that repurposes plastic film to make decking, railings, stairs, floors, and furniture.  Every year, Trex holds a contest for elementary schools to collect the most plastic film, and Pointers Run is entered in their contest this year!  We are competing against other elementary schools of similar size, and our goal is to collect the most plastic film between November 15th and April 15th.  The school that collects the most plastic film will win a bench made my Trex, and you can help us work toward this goal!

    The entire school community can help, and we are asking that you send in any plastic film items you are no longer using at home.  Some common items you would find at home are case overwrap (the plastic wrap that covers a case of bottled water, toilet paper, or paper towels), dry cleaning bags, cereal bags, produce and bread bags, grocery bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic shopping bags, bubble wrap, and Ziploc and other resealable bags (dry and without food residue).  Rather than putting these plastic items in your trash can or in your blue recycling bin, you can send them in to school with your child so he or she can put them in one of the large Trex boxes that will be in the front of the building (across from the office).  This will help us collect as much plastic film as possible (which we will deliver to a Trex collection location each month) for the contest, and it will drastically reduce the amount of plastic being sent to a landfill or cluttering up your house.  

    Every student will be coming home with a refrigerator magnet in the near future that has reminders of some of the items you can send in for this program.  If you would like more information about Trex products or their various recycling programs, please visit their website:

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