School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
Release Date: December 10, 2014
The Sussex County School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge focuses on collecting clean and dry recyclable plastic film in order to keep it out of landfills, and instilling school pride.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
November 15, 2014 - April 22, 2015
Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority
34 South Route 94
Lafayette, New Jersey 07848
Attn: Reenee Casapulla
973-579-6998 Ext 107
The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority announces the:
Sussex County School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) in conjunction with local municipalities, are taking part in a plastic film and bags collection program for participating Sussex County schools, to help promote the importance of proper waste disposal and recycling. The SCMUA and Municipal, Recycling Coordinators strive to reinvigorate school recycling awareness programs, by facilitating these recycling initiatives. The Sussex County School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge sponsored by the Trex Company , focuses on collecting clean and dry recyclable plastic film in order to keep it out of landfills, and instilling school pride. Participating schools compete within the county to recycle the most plastic film, and the winning school is awarded a Trex bench. Each participating school receives an award made of Trex materials. The Challenge started on November 15th, (America Recycles Day ) and ends on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day ).
The Trex Company, based in Winchester, VA, is the country's largest manufacturer of wood alternative decking and railing products. Trex decking boards are made of 95% recycled content recycled plastic film and waste wood shavings. These raw materials come from recovered plastic grocery bag, plastic film and waste wood fiber from hardwood flooring and cabinet manufacturers.
Participating Sussex County schools include:
Frankford Township School, Frankford Press Release
Helen Morgan School, Sparta Information Sheet
Halsted Middle School, Newton School Poster
Pope John Regional High School, Sparta Trex Poster
Ogdensburg School, Ogdensburg
Participating schools collect the clean and dry plastic film, report the monthly collection amounts to Trex and deliver the plastic material to participating Trex retailers. In Sussex County, those retailers are Stop-N-Shop in Sparta and A&P in Wantage. Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority, 34 South Rt. 94, Lafayette, NJ 07848 Phone: 973-579-6998, Fax: 973-579-7819
If you know a student, teacher, or staff member from any of the schools, then you too can participate by giving them the clean and dry plastic film items you have for their collection program, including:
• plastic grocery & department store bags • stretch film (no saran wrap) • pellet bags • water bottle case wrap • newspaper sleeves • toilet paper/paper towel over wrap • dry-cleaning bags • bread bag / cereal bags • packaging air pillows • LDPE/HDPE film
It is important to note that the participating schools need to collect the plastic and deliver the film to the respective retailer, in order to properly track their progress for the Sussex County School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge.
"This challenge is an excellent way of promoting less trash in our daily lives, encouraging more recycling, and is a highly effective educational opportunity for our students", said Reenee Casapulla, SCMUA Recycling Coordinator. "It is a natural fit for the SCMUA and Municipal Recycling Coordinators to work together in developing school programs that highlight the core concepts of recycling awareness, integral to providing a sustainable future for Sussex County."
While the Challenge contest dates are November 15, 2014 - April 22, 2015, anyone can "Do their part" to reduce the amount of plastic film being thrown away by bringing the above listed items to participating retailers every time they shop. Plastic film "thrown away" in Sussex County ends up in the Landfill. The average amount of plastic film generated is 30.77 pounds per p2.7% of total municipal solid waste being landfilled. A very small percentage is also recycled; in 2012 only 11.5% of plastic film items were recycled (2012 U.S. EPA estimate). Plastic film that is recycled is made into new products including plastic lumber, piping, automotive, lawn and garden products, crates, buckets and pallets.