For eco-conscious college students throughout the nation, it pays to be “inexperienced” – this yr greater than ever. Trex Firm, a producer of high-performance, low-maintenance composite decking and outside residing merchandise, just lately concluded its 15th annual Trex® Plastic Movie Recycling Problem and declares and reward the winners. The nationwide problem kicks off every fall on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and concludes the following spring on Earth Day (April 22). Over the course of 5 months, college students in grades Okay-12 labored collectively to gather and recycle probably the most polyethylene plastic movie for the possibility to win high-performance Trex merchandise to beautify their campuses. For the primary time ever, college students concerned within the newest problem additionally competed for the possibility to win money prizes for his or her colleges, due to company sponsor Constitution Subsequent Era (CNG), one of many main suppliers of specialty polyethylene movies in North America.
“For the previous 15 years, the Trex Plastic Movie Recycling Problem has offered 1000’s of scholars a hands-on alternative to make a distinction of their communities and colleges by studying the worth of recycling,” stated Stephanie Hicks, supplies sourcing supervisor for Trex Firm. “Paired with CNG’s beneficiant company sponsorship, we proceed to broaden adoption of our easy-to-implement annual recycling program amongst colleges and in flip, enhance the general quantity of plastic movie materials upcycled into Trex’s world-famous composite decking.”
Began in 2007, the Trex Plastic Movie Recycling Problem was conceived to coach college students about upcycling and actively interact them within the recycling of plastic movie, a key ingredient within the firm’s low-maintenance and eco-friendly composite decking, which is made out of 95% recycled and reclaimed supplies. College students from 686 colleges participated within the 2021-2022 problem. Collectively, they collected a mixed complete of 323,586 kilos of polyethylene plastic movie, contributing to the practically 400 million kilos of plastic movie that Trex diverts from landfills yearly.
Trex awards prizes to the highest recyclers primarily based on grade degree, college dimension and area. Fifty-seven (57) regional winners have been acknowledged this yr, representing colleges from throughout the nation. Popping out on prime within the 2021-2022 problem was Moscow Constitution College, positioned in Moscow, Idaho, the place college students collected a whopping 7,735 kilos of recycled plastic movie by means of classroom challenges and community-wide outreach.
New to this yr’s program, CNG’s sponsorship funds additional incentivized the general first and second place elementary, center and excessive colleges that recycled probably the most polyethylene plastic movie throughout the assortment interval. CNG is proud to current $5,000 every to the highest recyclers at Moscow Constitution College, E.L. Wright Center College in Columbia, S.C., and North Cross Excessive College in Roanoke, Va. Prizes of $2,500 every go to the second-place winners at every degree, together with Woodland Elementary College in Monroe Township, N.J., Einstein Center College in Appleton, Wis., and York Group Excessive College in Elmhurst, Ailing.
Moreover, a particular award of $2,500 goes to the scholars at Maple Grove Elementary College in Greenfield, Wis., in recognition of their creativity and spectacular exercise on social media. By means of teamwork, grassroots group outreach and excellent use of social media, this college educated and engaged its group to get entangled within the recycling program and generated a gradual stream of photographs, movies and posts utilizing the #TrexRecyclingChallenge and #Recycle2Win hashtags. Along with the money prizes, CNG developed and managed a touchdown web page, Recycle2Win.com, which showcased a leaderboard, social media exercise, and competitors information.
“CNG has been thrilled with the power, engagement, and pleasure college students delivered to this yr’s competitors and desires to thank each college across the nation for his or her participation. We additionally wish to thank Trex for the chance to accomplice on this yr’s competitors and hope to construct on what was began this yr, for years to come back,” stated Kathy Bolhous, chief govt officer of Constitution Subsequent Era.
As one of many main suppliers of specialty polyethylene movies to the North American market, CNG has a excessive deal with diverting plastic movie from landfills by growing supplies which are readily recyclable and actively selling the significance of recycling. The corporate is a long-time participant within the NexTreX Recycling Program and labored carefully with Trex on its GreenArrow platform of sustainable movies for versatile packaging to make sure their suitability for the Trex recycling stream.
One of many largest recyclers of plastic movie in North America, Trex produces its decking utilizing 95% recycled and reclaimed supplies, together with a mixture of wooden scrap and polyethylene plastic movie starting from a wide range of widespread home items corresponding to grocery baggage, newspaper sleeves and bubble wrap, to retail plastic waste together with pallet wrap and industrial packaging. Annually, Trex manufacturing diverts practically 400 million kilos of plastic waste in any other case destined for incineration or landfills. Designed to final – with out leaving an enduring affect on the setting – Trex decking incorporates this recycled plastic to supply a superior various to wooden that requires minimal upkeep, lasts for many years, and creates an eco-friendly decking possibility for owners.
The 16th Annual Trex Plastic Movie Recycling Problem will kick off on November 15, 2022. colleges can join by finishing a quick type on Recycle.Trex.com. As soon as enrolled, Trex makes participation straightforward by supplying every college with a turnkey toolkit, together with detailed directions, promotional supplies, recycling bins and an inventory of qualifying recyclable supplies. Colleges may also leverage the easy-to-navigate Trex recycling web site that options participating content material and academic assets.
For extra data, go to Recycle.Trex.com.