September 27, 2016

Trex Launches 10th Annual Plastic Film Recycling Challenge


WINCHESTER, Va., September 27, 2016 – For students across the country, it’s time to turn trash into treasure! In conjunction with America Recycles Day on November 15th, Trex Company, the world’s number one decking and railing brand and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, will kick off its 10th annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. The challenge 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 – and October 15 is the deadline for schools to sign up.

“Every year, Trex gets more schools on board with recycling by engaging their competitive side,” said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. “We are confident that the 10th Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge will be the most successful to-date, educating students and families nationwide about how they can help protect and preserve our planet.”

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. Together with the thousands of schools that have participated in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, we have been able to prevent millions of plastic bags from ending up in landfills.

“The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge teaches students to think beyond pop cans and paper products, raising awareness about polyethylene items that can be recycled,” said Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. “As a company built on green principles and values, Trex is proud to have offered this turnkey program for the past ten years, and we look forward to another decade of helping schools and communities create a sustainable environment.”

Easy-to-implement for schools of any type, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge 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.

Regional finalists and a national winner will be announced in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, 2017. 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 2016-17 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, complete the online form at by October 15, 2016. For more information, visit

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 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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