Bags to benches – plastic collection


Get rid of the plastic that would go to the land fill. Help reduce plastic pollution! Evergreen has partnered with the League of Women voters Environmental committee to collect plastic. There are bins at the “Y”, at the Borough building, and at the S&T arena. 

This project is done in conjunction with Trex, a composite decking company. Trex sponsors a plastic collection challenge in which a group or organization that collects five hundred pounds of plastic film receives a free “polylumber” bench from Trex in appreciation for the community’s recycling efforts.

Our goal is to collect five hundred pounds of plastic film within a six-month time frame in order to receive the bench. This project runs February 1 to August 2020. The bench costs nothing more than the effort associated with coordinating people in donating plastic film that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

The program was developed by a company called NexTrex.  Here is the link to their website:

https://recycle.trex.com/view/educate#materials1

More than just plastic bags are recyclable.

APPROVED ITEMS FOR NEXTREX® PROGRAMS

All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

PALLET WRAP AND STRETCH FILM

GROCERY BAGS

BREAD BAGS

CASE OVERWRAP

DRY CLEANING BAGS

NEWSPAPER SLEEVES

ZIPLOC® AND OTHER RESEALABLE FOOD STORAGE BAGS

PRODUCE BAGS

PRODUCT WRAP

RETAIL BAGS

AIR PILLOWS

BUBBLE WRAP

PLASTIC SHIPPING ENVELOPES

ELECTRONIC WRAP

PLUS

All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

•Plastic films labeled with #2 or #4 recycling symbol (polyethylene films)

•Ice bags

•Wood pellet bags

•Salt bags

•Cereal box liners

DO NOT INCLUDE THESE ITEMS IN NEXTREX® PROGRAMS

FROZEN FOOD BAGS

CANDY BAR WRAPPERS

CHIP BAGS

NET OR MESH PRODUCE BAGS

MULCH OR SOIL BAGS

OR THESE

•Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging

•Pre-washed salad mix bags

•Pet food bags

•Hot dog or meat wrap packaging

•Six-pack rings

•PPE- Gloves, masks, or protective wear

•Pool covers

•Lamination film

•Silage and hay bags

•Backyard ice rinks

•Vinyl shower curtains or tablecloths

•Bedding or linen packaging

•Shiny, crinkly films like floral wrap

Don’t see your item on the list?

Try these tests to see if your plastic is recyclable polyethylene or not or review the list of frequently asked questions below.

•See if the package will stretch when you pull it. If yes, it can be included. If it tears like paper, then please don’t put in the bin.

•Is the package shiny or does it make a crinkly/crunchy sound in your hand? If yes, do NOT recycle in the NexTrex® bin.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I recycle plastic bags and film if they……are colored plastic?

YES, the color does not affect the recycling process.

…tear like paper?

NO, please do not include, as they are not currently accepted in film/bag recycling bins.

…stretch when I pull it apart with both hands?

YES, this is the correct type of plastic to recycle. If it doesn’t stretch or it tears like paper, please throw it in the trash.

…are thicker, stiff plastics for linens and beddings (including anything with a real zipper)?

NO, they are not the kind of plastic recyclers can use in their processes.

…have a paper label or tape stuck on?

YES, but labels, tape and adhesive strips should be removed if possible. You can simply cut off of the label as the integrity of the bag isn’t important to the recycler.

…are pet food bags?

NO, this plastic is not recyclable.

…are boat wrap?

NO, because its intended use is to protect boats outside, which means it could contain barriers or be contaminated with moisture and debris that are problematic in the recycling process.

… are very shiny (like floral wrap) and make a loud crinkly sound when crumpled?

NO, this plastic film is not recyclable.

… have a shiny metal look like a chip bag or candy wrappers?

NO, this plastic film is not recyclable.

…have this NexTrex® label?

YES, brands and retailers are using this label to let consumers know that the plastic film package is recyclable.

…are labeled degradable AND recyclable?

NO, recyclers can’t risk using degradable plastics in new items so these items are not recyclable.

…contains other materials or is dirty or wet?

NO, plastic film must be clean and dry and the right type in order for it to be recycled. Please remove all other materials like tape, paper receipts, food residue and crumbs, and crinkly or rigid plastics (bottles and tubs). These contaminants can ruin the quality of the plastic and may result in it not being recycled.

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