Composite Decking Leader Announces Winners of 10th Annual Recycling Competition
WINCHESTER, Va., May 5, 2017 – Students nationwide are learning just how rewarding recycling can be! Trex Company, the world’s number one decking and railing brand and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, has announced the winners of its 10th annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, which pits K-12 schools against one another in a fun, friendly competition to collect and recycle the most polyethylene plastic for the chance to win Trex products for their schools.
Trex awards prizes to top recyclers based on grade level, school size and region. This year, 54 winners representing schools from across the country worked hard to recycle the most plastic and earn a new Trex bench for their campus or playground as well as a picture frame made from Trex composite materials to showcase their winner certificate. To check out the winning schools, visit the Trex Facebook page.
More than 550 schools nationwide participated in the 2016-17 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Through their combined recycling efforts, a total of 252,813 pounds of polyethylene plastic were salvaged and kept from winding up in landfills.
“Offering a rewarding, hands-on school project, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge provides students with a better understanding and appreciation for sustainable practices,” said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. “After a decade, the program is still growing – with a record number of pounds recycled this year – and continues to educate tens of thousands of students about environmental responsibility.”
Launched back on November 15th in conjunction with America Recycles Day, schools were given detailed instructions, promotional materials, recycling bins and a list of qualifying recyclable materials. Participants weighed and reported collection totals to Trex each month throughout the program before delivering the recycled plastic to designated Trex drop-off points in their communities.
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. In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, Trex reuses polyethylene plastic from a variety of common household items – such as case overwraps, bread bags, bubble wrap, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags – to create composite products that offer a superior alternative to wood and an eco-friendly choice to consumers.
“The value of recycling influences everything we do as a company. For example, a standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags,” said Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. “Now in its 10th year, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge helps teach students the impact recycling can have on their daily lives, and helps us as a company follow our mission to produce high-performance, sustainable outdoor living products.”
For more information on the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge or how enroll next year’s challenge kicking off this November, visit Trex.com/Recycling.
About Trex Company
Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 20 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).
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