Libby Smoot, April 21, 2014
In 1992, long before the term “green” was even on the scene, Trex began reclaiming and reusing plastic bags and wood scraps to make a new and innovative decking material. Now, after 20 years in business and literally billions of pounds of recycled material later, we’re encouraging Americans to think about Earth Day every day – and not just tomorrow – and to help in our efforts to continue turning trash into treasure in the form of beautiful, high-performance outdoor living products.
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 outdoor living products each year. However, our decking products are mostly made up of other post-consumer plastics and types of polyethylene that many don’t even know can – and should – be recycled, such as case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags.
Trex also sponsors and supports a variety of recycling programs and solutions working with many local and national recycling groups and trade associations. These include: the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group, Society of the Plastics Industry, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. A major project this past year was the Wisconsin WRAP program that focused on increasing the amount of plastic recycled in the state of Wisconsin.
Our work in Minnesota with Merrick, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides employment for adults with disabilities, hit a major milestone last year – one million tons of plastic recycled – that’s quite an amazing amount of material and very important to our business. Since 2008, this program – the first of its kind – has drawn such diverse participants as dry cleaners, independent grocery stores, hospitals, a horse stable and Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres). Plastics are collected and taken to mini-balers in waste yards or other locations, where they are compressed into 50-pound bales and then transported to Trex manufacturing facilities.
What are you doing this Earth Day to help us all go green?